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Rajasthan Royals and Rajasthan Cricket Association join hands to organize RR Women’s Cup 2022

With the aim of providing a platform to young female cricketers in its home state of Rajasthan, Royals Sports Group-owned IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Thursday announced the launch of a women’s T20 competition in partnership with the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA).

The competition – Rajasthan Royals Women’s Cup 2022 – will be held from September 16 and 19 in the city of Jodhpur, with the trials scheduled for September 16, followed by six league matches along with the final from September 17.

A total of six teams will be taking part in the inaugural edition of the RR Women’s Cup, representing the six major cities of Rajasthan – Jaipur Warriors, Jodhpur Gladiators, Udaipur Thunderbolts, Ajmer Blazers, Kota Mavericks and Bikaner Strikers. Each team will have a pool of 25 players at its disposal, with 15 players each shortlisted from the trials to be held at the Spartans Cricket Academy Ground, Uchiyarda on September 16 and overseen by Royals’ Head of High Performance Operations Romi Bhinder.

The six league matches will be conducted at the Spartans Cricket Academy Ground, Uchiyarda in Jodhpur on September 17 and 18, followed by the Final on September 19. The league matches on both days will have start timings of 7 AM, 10:30 AM and 2 PM respectively, with Rajasthan Royals’ explosive all-rounder Riyan Parag and local hero Shubham Garhwal set to be present for the Final on 19th September.

All matches will be livestreamed on Indian cricket streaming platform CricHeroes.

Commenting on the purpose of the competition, Rajasthan Royals CEO, Jake Lush McCrum said, “Transforming society through cricket is our overarching purpose as a franchise, and with the RR Women’s Cup 2022, we are delighted to be bringing such an exciting opportunity to the talented girls of our home state with the support of the Rajasthan Cricket Association. With as many as 150 players from across the state expected to participate in the tournament, we are sure to witness some intense battles on the field and also identify potential talents that could be part of the state and national team, as well the Women’s IPL in the future.”

Royals’ Head of High Performance Operations Romi Bhinder along with delegates of the Rajasthan Cricket Association will also be providing guidance and support to all the players during and post the tournament for their continued development.

Bangalore vs Rajasthan will be royal encounter as both wants to win badly: Shastri

Former India captain and head coach Ravi Shastri believes the Qualifier 2 clash in IPL 2022 between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Friday will be a royal affair as both teams want to be on the victorious side to play the title clash against Gujarat Titans on Sunday.

“It’s been 14 years for RCB (as they’ve never owned that elusive silverware) and 13 years since Rajasthan won their last title in the inaugural season. So between the two of them, it’s been 27 years (laughs). They both want it badly and it will be a battle of Royals. Let’s wait for that one. It’s going to be a great contest as both the teams would want to win it badly,” said Shastri on the Cricket Live show on Star Sports.

In IPL 2022, both Bangalore and Rajasthan have showcased great skills and class to bring themselves into a position where they can end their title drought. While Bangalore are yet to win an IPL trophy, Rajasthan have been searching for the elusive title since winning the inaugural IPL season in 2008.

 

Former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith believes Qualifier 2 will be a cracker of a contest. Smith, who was a part of the Rajasthan Royals side in winning the 2008 IPL, reckons the pressure will be on Sanju Samson & Co. as they are heading into the game on the back of a seven-wicket defeat in Qualifier 1 to Gujarat while Bangalore come into the match after defeating Lucknow Super Giants by 14 runs in the Eliminator.

“I think the challenge will be on Rajasthan Royals after their disappointing loss against Gujarat Titans (in Qualifier 1). They must be hurt. Can they pick themselves up? RCB on the other hand are on a high. They’ll be keen to turn it around and put back a high skill level in the game. So, I agree with Ravi that we are going to have a cracker of a game on Friday night,” concluded the former left-handed batter.

RR understood true potential of Ashwin’s all-round abilities and utilised it well: Harbhajan

Former Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has reckoned that Rajasthan Royals (RR) are the best franchise who have made use of India all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin to the fullest in the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.

In the most exciting IPL season, R Ashwin has delivered with the bat, as well as with the ball, for the Jaipur-based franchise. It was Ashwin’s debut season for the Royals and the Tamil Nadu cricketer proved his mettle with his all-round abilities.

Speaking on ‘Cricket Live’ on Star Sports, Harbhajan Singh said: “Rajasthan Royals should be credited for showing faith in Ashwin’s all-round abilities and this is the best franchise to have ever made full use of R Ashwin. No franchise has ever utilised Ashwin’s batting talent before but this team has promoted him up in the batting order and he’s won them a match with the bat.”

“They have understood the true potential of R Ashwin and full credit to Ashwin for reposing the faith of the franchise as well,” he added.

Harbhajan, however, believes RR’s batting mainstay Jos Buttler, who’s been a force to reckon with in the tournament, seems to have peaked early and that is why the runs have dried up from English swashbuckler’s bat.

The off-spinner, however, opined the explosive opener should go back to his basics in order to regain his form and come back strongly in the Qualifiers.

Speaking on Cricket Live on Star Sports, Harbhajan Singh said: “Jos Buttler will have to adjust to the pitches in Kolkata. The pitches in Maharashtra have slowed down as the tournament reached its business end but the Eden Gardens track will be fresh, so not just Buttler, every batter will have to make that necessary adjustment. Coming to Buttler, I feel that he seems to have peaked very early and that is a reason why runs are not flowing through his bat in the latter part of the tournament. He’s a great player and he’ll have to go back to his basics to regain his form.”

Meanwhile, former England cricketer Graeme Swann predicted his favourite team for the Qualifier 1 between Rajasthan and Gujarat on May 24 at iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Speaking on Cricket Live on Star Sports, Graeme Swann said, “Rajasthan Royals will win that first game (Qualifier 1) against Gujarat Titans. I honestly think first and second i.e. Gujarat and Rajasthan are the two best sides in this season and they could end up facing each other in that final.”

RR would be hoping to click in all departments against CSK: Graeme Smith

Former South African cricketer Graeme Smith has reckoned that inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Rajasthan Royals (RR) would be aiming to give their best in their last league game of the season against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as it will help them finish in the top two of the points table.

The Sanju Samson-led side has played brilliantly in the most exciting IPL season and a win tonight will put them in the second spot on the leaderboard.

Talking about RR’s strategy against CSK – who were the second team to be eliminated from IPL 2022 – Smith claimed the men in pink and blue should look to put up a comprehensive show against the four-time champions.

Speaking on ‘CRICKET LIVE’ on Star Sports, Smith said: “Jos Buttler should look to get another big knock under the belt. We’ve all talked about the importance of finishing in the top two and giving yourself an extra chance of playing in the knockouts. So that will be key for Rajasthan as well. They’ve played good cricket, they’ve found the form. Hetmyer is back after the birth of his first child so that’s a positive.”

“They would just be hoping that they click in all the departments against CSK. The top two will need to give them a good start,” he added.

Meanwhile, former Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh also claimed that Rajasthan Royals have a golden opportunity to finish in the top two with a win over CSK and they will be disappointed if they lost this game.

Speaking on ‘CRICKET LIVE’ on Star Sports, Harbhajan said: “It is a golden chance for Rajasthan Royals to finish in the top two and give them an extra shot at fighting for the trophy. Beating Chennai Super Kings is never easy for any team but Royals will be disappointed if they fail to win as they’ll lose the opportunity.”

The Royals are currenty placed third in the points table with 16 points in their kitty and another win could see them finish second in the ten-team standings. As of now, RR have won eight of their 13 games and have lost the remaining five.

On the other hand, MS Dhoni-led CSK is already out of the race to the playoffs as they had a season to forget after they managed to win just four out of their 13 games and they would now aim to finish the season on a winning note.

RR opener Jos Buttler hasn’t taken his form for granted in ongoing IPL: Nick Knight

Former England cricketer Nick Knight is impressed with the way Rajasthan Royals’ (RR) star opener Jos Buttler is scoring runs game after game.

The top-order English batter is on a run-scoring spree in the ongoing TATA IPL and there’s no stopping him. In the most exciting IPL season, the explosive right-handed batsman is leading the Orange Cap race by a margin of more than a hundred runs.

Knight has applauded Buttler for not taking the success of the previous game every time he walks into the field and taking his time to get used to the pitch and conditions and then constructs his innings accordingly.

Speaking on Cricket Live on Star Sports, Knight said: “What impressed me hugely about Jos Buttler is the way he’s started every innings. I mean if we look at the outcome of his innings, mostly it’s either the 50s or 100s, he’s (looking) in a different gear. (But) He tends to forget what he did in the previous game and starts afresh. (He) Hasn’t taken his form for granted at all. He’s giving himself a few balls to get in and then play those big shots.”

Former England spinner Graeme Swann, however, has cautioned Rajasthan Royals to not rely heavily on Buttler and advised the middle-order batters to start scoring runs in the middle overs.

Swann reckoned that scoring at a decent pace in the middle overs will augur well for the teams in the upcoming games as the pitches will slow down at the far end of the tournament while most of the Rajasthan batters love batting on fast surfaces.

Speaking on Cricket Live on Star Sports, Swann said:”The worrying thing from Rajasthan Royals’ point of view, if there is something they need to worry about, is that at the back end of the tournament the wickets are going to slow down where it will start skidding more. Up until now, they’ve played on some brilliant batting tracks and the RR batting has been so good that they’ve won every game.”

“They’ve been too far ahead of every team. But with the wickets turning and getting slow (as the tournament progresses) may distract them going forward and they might lose some close games. So, they’ll have to find a way because it cannot always be smash-smash-smash, and they can’t heavily rely on Buttler,” he added.

Swann signed-off by saying: “They (RR) need to find a way in the middle overs to score those 10-20 runs extra even in low scoring games.”

On Monday (May 2), the Sanju Samson-led RR went down against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by seven wickets at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai and will now be up against Punjab Kings (PBKS) at the same venue on Saturday (May 7).

With six wins from 10 games so far in the ongoing season, the inaugural IPL champions are sitting at the third place in the ten-team standings with 12 points in their kitty. Gujarat Titans (GT) and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) hold the first and second place respectively in the points-table.

Elite American athletes Chris Paul, Larry Fitzgerald & Kelvin Beachum invest in Rajasthan Royals

Through the years, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has evolved into an all-encompassing entity that attracts viewership from across the globe. This interest is best illustrated by the recent addition of the two new teams that were sold for a cumulative ~$1.7bn.

Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the champions of the inaugural edition, Rajasthan Royals, have attracted investment from US elite athletes Chris Paul, Larry Fitzgerald and Kelvin Beachum.

The trio have come on board as investors in the Rajasthan-based franchise. Investing through Emerging Media Ventures, the vehicle 100 percent controlled by Manoj Badale, Paul, Fitzgerald and Beachum will become minority investors in the franchise.

Paul is one of the greatest defenders to have graced the NBA court with 11 NBA All-Star team appearances, two Olympic Gold medals, and more recently taking the Phoenix Suns to the NBA Finals. Paul’s investment portfolio includes a stake in the minor league baseball team Winston-Salem Dash, and with an eye on enhancing the fan experience in the IPL, the 36-year-old defender has chosen to invest in the Royals.

“I am excited to have become one of the first US athletes to see the value and scope for growth in the IPL. With a variety of components, including stadium experience and fan engagement still left to fulfill their course, I see myself contributing world-class experience through this strategic investment,” said Paul, who served as the former President of the National Basketball Players Association.

The NFL’s legendary wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who played with the Arizona Cardinals for 17 seasons and received countless accolades including 11 Pro Bowl appearances and the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2016, is also known as a serious investor and philanthropist. His position gives him a unique perspective that aligns with Rajasthan Royals’ vision of expansion. “I love the idea of building a professional franchise with a clear social purpose and look forward to working with this team to challenge the realms of possibility by expanding to new horizons as a franchise. India has a passionate sports culture and I’m excited to invest in one of the most sought-after teams in the country,” expressed Fitzgerald.

Kelvin Beachum is a 10-year NFL veteran who currently plays for the Arizona Cardinals. In addition to his professional football commitments, he is an active investor, especially in technology, and a board member at NFL Players Association. “I am keenly aware of the popularity of cricket internationally and am thrilled to join the Rajasthan Royals franchise as an investor. I respect the global reach of the IPL and am committed to supporting the Royals.”

On the other hand, Manoj Badale, the lead owner, welcomed the US trio as investors in the franchise and said: “The alignment with US athletes promises to be productive. “We are extremely pleased to have Chris, Larry and Kelvin join us as investors who have seen the vision of the Royals as a truly global brand.”

In addition, as part of the recent transaction for the Royals to acquire the Barbados Tridents, CMG Companies, has joined the Royals ownership group. Manish Patel, Principal of CMG Companies in the U.S., stated “We are extremely excited about the partnership with the Rajasthan Royals family. We believe this collaboration with the Rajasthan Royals will further advance cricket in Barbados and the region. This is a dream come true for all of us at CMG Companies, a team of Indian origin entrepreneurs with strong connections to India.”

Absolutely love to open batting for Delhi Capitals with Prithvi Shaw: David Warner

Senior Australia batsman David Warner is enjoying opening innings with his Delhi Capitals’ (DC) opening partner Prithvi Shaw in the most exciting IPL season.

Warner’s new opening partner, Shaw, is giving the team an explosive start up front in the most exciting season of TATA IPL. Shaw taking the pressure off the senior Aussie in the powerplay has earned him a lot of praise from all quarters.

Speaking about his new opening partner in TATA IPL, Warner said on Cricket Live on Star Sports: “I am absolutely loving it (opening innings with Shaw). Look how fast his hands are and his eyes are incredible. He’s taken my quick twos out of the equation because he keeps dealing with boundaries. It’s good that I don’t have to run too much. Well, he sets the tone for us from ball one.”

“In this format, it is very rare to see two guys go off, so that’s something we keep at the back of our minds i.e. to keep playing positive and to the best of our abilities,” he added.

Former England cricketer Graeme Swann also lauded the right-handed batsman from Mumbai for his aggressive batting in the ongoing tournament.

Speaking on Cricket Live on Star Sports, Swann said: “Prithvi Shaw is a box office. He’s having a simple game plan which is he’s going to try and attack early. He never just looks to scratch around in the first few overs. When he’s on-song, when he’s firing, he’s an incredible man to watch.”

Former India pacer Irfan Pathan lauded Shaw for his technique and claimed the young batter reminds him of Virender Sehwag.

“Shaw’s technique is amazing. He has this high backlift, which is very beautiful and that’s how he generates such great timing. He reminds me of Virender Sehwag. There is always a glimpse of Sehwag when he plays those square cuts, those pulls and those straight drives. He makes even the best of deliveries look bad when he hits those boundaries beside mid-off, going on the backfoot,” Irfan odserved.

“I think there are a handful of batsmen in today’s time who can play shots like him. He is one of the most exciting batsmen in limited-overs to watch. He is capable of scoring runs at a healthy strike rate even under tense situations. He is a perfect hitter,” he added.

In the ongoing IPL season, the Rishabh Pant-led DC will now take on the Rajasthan Royals at the iconic Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Friday (April 22).

With three wins and as many defeats from six games, DC are placed sixth in the points-table while the Royals occupy the third spot with four wins and two losses so far in the season.

Helping the Royals excel on & off the field is Team Catalyst: Paddy Upton

Indian Premier League (IPL) inaugural champions Rajasthan Royals (RR) are preparing to play their seventh match of the ongoing season as they face Delhi Capitals (DC) on Friday.

Having rejoined the Rajasthan-based franchise for his third stint, Paddy Upton, who is serving as the Team Catalyst, sat down to share his thoughts on the new role as he looks to build cohesion and bring everyone together to create an environment which enables the team to excel on the field.

“As the Team Catalyst, my role is to help bring everyone together. In a new set-up, you’ve got 24 players and about 10 coaches that haven’t always worked together. So, my job is to try and get the players together – to understand each other, communicate better, understand the game plans and be clear with our objectives. And the same applies for the coaches,” expressed Paddy, addressing talks and opinions around what the role of Team Catalyst in cricket involves.

“It is about getting everyone aligned with our philosophy, with our game plans, and how we are going to operate. I think whoever can do that better and faster is probably going to, at least in the first half of the tournament, do better than other teams,” added the 53-year-old.

Asked to identify the difference between the roles of a mental conditioning coach and a team catalyst, Paddy stated, “As the Team Catalyst, mental conditioning becomes one aspect of it where you are taking care of the mental well-being and keeping them fresh. Whereas, when I deep dive into my role as the Catalyst, it involves other things which help me pull everyone together as a tight, cohesive unit.”

He continued, “It is very much man-management. But it also involves working with the coaches and aligning the work that I do with what the coaches are doing, and how that directly impacts training and on-field performance. So, man-management is one thing, and cricket expertise is another, and one of the arts is actually marrying them and making it a seamless process between the two of them.”

An important cog in the backroom staff, Paddy has guided some very successful outfits across cricket, and believes the key to creating a positive atmosphere also involves avoiding over-analysis. “I think it (analyzing players after every match) is a very old school and naive approach. To go talk to a player after one bad game about what they did wrong, is no longer the way forward. The nature of the game is such that sometimes things don’t go your way even when you play really well, and vice versa. So, we don’t go in and over analyze a bad over, or even a bad game.”

“Every game, we follow the same process within the team and look to focus on our preparation, our plans and our execution, which are the most important aspects for every team and every player.”

Giving insights on the kind of sessions he conducts within the group, Paddy said, “I have three different groupings that I talk to. So, during the start, I’ve done group sessions with all coaches and players together, where each of us will have a conversation and we walk away with personal game plans within the context of the whole squad.”

“Then I would sit with individual players and say: ‘Okay, so what are the areas you want to work on, where you need more communication and better understanding?’”

“Third is that sometimes I take it into sort of mini groups, where then I work, for instance, with the bowling or batting unit. So, to get a proper analysis of how we communicate and understand each other better, what questions have the players got for each other, etc,” expressed Paddy.

The South African also highlighted the importance of uniform messaging when dealing with the players. “Having a number of coaches with a team can sometimes dilute your messaging. However, that is where I come in. I can highlight and make sure that we are all delivering the same message to the players. Therefore, being familiar with what our philosophy is, and then aligning as a coaching unit is also important before we impart guidance to the players.”

“For me, what’s important is that every player at least has somebody who they can talk to about their game and be really honest about their game. It really doesn’t have to be me, it could be any one of the coaching staff here. And in fact many of them would have a coach or potentially even a mental coach back home in another team and I would really encourage those players to talk to somebody who is helping in keeping them in a good mental space,” he signed off.

Neuberg Diagnostics named as official Diagnostics Partner of IPL 2022

Neuberg Diagnostics, one of the top four Pathology lab chains of Indian origin, has now been named as the official diagnostics partner for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.

Neuberg has been chosen as one of the official diagnostics partners for Rajasthan Royals (RR), Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Punjab Kings (PBKS) for IPL 2022. This is the second year that Neuberg is partnering with IPL as its diagnostics partner and has already started conducting COVID tests for IPL team members, support staff, and others associated with these teams.

As per the protocol all the players, management team, Television and broadcasting crew, state, and central cricket board members, ground staff, hotel staff, and the event management team are being tested. The tests will be conducted at various hotels where the teams are stationed in the bio bubble and at the stadiums for the other staff members at regular intervals.

Speaking on the development, A Ganesan, Group Vice Chairman, Neuberg Diagnostics Private Limited, said, “Neuberg group is proud to be associated with one of the World’s biggest sporting events – IPL 2022 and will ensure quality testing for the smooth and successful conduct of this tournament.”

Notably, the upcoming IPL season will begin on March 26 and will be played in a bio-secure environment at a single hub to avoid air travel, considered as a major threat for the spread of COVID-19 infection, thereby affecting the players and tournament.

While 55 matches are scheduled to be held in Mumbai, the remaining 15 games will be staged in Pune while the playoffs’ venues haven’t been decided yet. Is most likley that the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad will stage the playoffs however, no official announcement has been made yet.

In the upcoming season, the 10 teams have been divided into two groups. While Group A comprises of Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals and Lucknow Super Giants, Group B includes Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Punjab Kings and Gujarat Titans.

From this year onwards, the lucrative league will be a ten-team affair following the addition of the two new teams – Ahmedabad and Lucknow and will have a total of 74 games.

Here to guide Rajasthan Royals’ bowlers to deliver their best: Lasith Malinga

Lasith Malinga, who led Sri Lanka to the 2014 ICC T20 World Cup trophy, is back in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a new role as the former Lankan pacer was recently signed as the fast bowling coach of inaugural league champions Rajasthan Royals (RR).

Reacting on joining the Royals, the 38-year-old said, “It is certainly a new thing for me to get into coaching and pass on my experience to the younger players. I have played this role before with Mumbai, and now I’m delighted to be working with Rajasthan Royals. It is a new place for me, but I’m enjoying my role so far working with such a talented group of bowlers.”

Asked what his thoughts were about his new franchise, Malinga said, “The first thing that always stayed with me was the color – pink. I always saw the team have good international and local players, and whenever I used to face them, it was tough. I think they were always very competitive, and could beat any team on their day.”

Having been associated with Mumbai Indians for 13 seasons, he also recalled how the move to Royals came about. “It was actually last year that Kumar (Sangakkara) asked me if I was interested. But with COVID and all the bubble restrictions, I didn’t want to stay away from my family. But this year, having also worked with the Sri Lankan team, I felt I could use my experience and give back to the game that I love, by working with this group of players,” expressed IPL’s highest wicket taker.

The Sri Lankan legend also spoke about the Royals’ new pace attack. “I think we have a fantastic pace attack. You’ve got experienced overseas players like Boult and Coulter-Nile, with whom I’ve worked before. Then we’ve got genuine Indian fast bowlers in Prasidh and Saini, who have proven themselves at the highest level, and some new faces in Anunay Singh, Kuldeep Sen and Kuldip Yadav. In T20 cricket, I think little margins really matter, and I’m here to guide them to deliver their best in all situations,” stated Malinga.

Sharing his thoughts on what’s the most important thing for a fast bowler, Malinga said, “I think most of the times teams focus on analyzing the opposition and looking at their weaknesses. But in my experience, I think what works best is when you work on your strengths and bowl according to them. In T20, you only have to bowl 24 balls, which works in our favour but it’s also important to trust your instincts as to which variations can work in which situations.”

“On the field, you only have a right hander and a left hander to prepare against, so when a bowler trains, it’s important to just train according to that – to think there are just two batters – it doesn’t matter what the name of the batsman is,” he added.

Having won the IPL four times with Mumbai, the veteran also commented on what he thinks is the most important thing to do when going after a title. “I think every team is equally strong and everyone in the team is equally valued. But the most crucial thing is how we understand the game, and the situations within a game. So, what I want to get out of our bowlers is to improve their thinking pattern, and help them understand the situations better,” he expressed.

Signing off with a message for fans of his new franchise, Malinga said, “What I want to say to the fans is that we’ve got a fantastic bunch of players, who, in my opinion, can be future Indian stars. Each and every player is always trying their best – regardless of the results. Therefore, it’s important to back them, and I feel this year we are going to make you happy and proud.”