The Rajasthan Royals are back in the IPL after a two year suspension and they will be looking to make an impact as soon as they return. Prior to their suspension they had success in the competition, winning it in 2008 and finishing runners up in 2013. This is a big season for them, they have something to prove on their return and they need to build a squad that people are going to love watching.

Rajasthan Royals 2018 TeamThey only decided to keep one player from their retained list, but it was a special player and that was Steve Smith. He is a fantastic player, as well as being a great captain, so he is going to add a lot to this Royals team. If they are to have success, it will be because of Smith.

Smith is the current Australian captain and is one of the best players in the world, regardless of what format you are talking about. From scoring big centuries in the test arena, to scoring quick runs in the T20 games, Smith can do it all and is a huge asset to the Royals. They have a world class star to build around and they have to take advantage of that this season to make an impression during their comeback season.

The other huge benefit with Smith is that he is a great leader and straight away the Royals have a captain for their team. Smith has captained in some of the biggest games around, and has just led his Australian test team to an Ashes victory over England. He knows what he is doing on the field and even when he doesn’t have the bat or ball in his hand, he can be a huge asset.

They went into the auction needing a lot of players, and as expected they were very active. However, it remains to be seen whether they have been able to put together a good enough team, they look to have a great middle order, but lack a star batsman to play alongside Smith at the top of the order, and their bowling looks a little weak.

Starting with the positives, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Stuart Binny are three fantastic middle order batsmen who are going to score huge runs at the death. They can all hit with huge power, and will really help this Royals team finish other teams off. Stokes and Binny can also contribute with the ball which makes them valuable assets, and Buttler will be keeping wicket for them.

The question will be for the Royals, can they take enough wickets to remain competitive? They appear to have a weaker bowling line up than most other teams, and this is going to be a huge test for them. If they fail, despite having many good, attacking batsmen, this could be a long season for them.

The fans in that region have had to wait two years to see some live cricket, and now they don’t have to wait much longer to see their team back in action. Rajasthan Royals players list 2018 will be placed below.

 Rajasthan Royals Team Players List: RR Team Squad IPL 2018

Ajinkya Rahane Steven Smith
Stuart Binny Ben Stokes
Sanju Samson Jos Buttler
Rahul Tripathi D’Arcy Short
Gowtham Krishnappa Jofra Archer
Dhawal Kulkarni Ben Laughlin
Jaydev Unadkat Dushmanta Chameera
Anureet Singh Kathuria
Zahir Khan Pakteen
Shreyas Gopal
MS Midhun
Prashant Chopra
Mahipal Lomror
Jatin Saxena
Aryaman Vikram Birla