Rajasthan Royals had a successful run during the Indian Premier League 2022 as they reached the final of the competition. However, the champions of the inaugural season failed to get their hands on the championship for the 2nd time after losing to Gujarat Titans.
Despite having arguably the most dangerous playing XI among all franchises, the Royals from Rajasthan crumbled when it mattered the most. In the end, it came down to the only visible chink they had in their armour – the lack of a reliable finisher and a sixth bowling option.
Rajasthan Royals released a number of players ahead of the mini-auction for the IPL 2023, and they will look to address the issues they have in their squad. They have a purse remaining of INR 13.2 crore and they have nine slots to fill, including four overseas slots.
In this post, we will take a look at the top 3 players Rajasthan Royals (RR) can target in the mini-auction.
3 – Ajinkya Rahane
The veteran batter hasn’t been in the best of forms in the last couple of years. Kolkata Knight Riders picked the right-handed batter in the IPL 2022 but Ajinkya Rahane could only manage 133 runs in 7 matches at a strike rate of 103.90. Thus, they have released him ahead of the next season.
Ajinkya Rahane played his best cricket in the IPL for Rajasthan Royals. Furthermore, he brings a lot of experience to the table alongside him. Given his current form, he is likely to be available for a budgeted price as well.
If Rajasthan Royals go for Ajinkya Rahane they might get their hands on a quality Indian backup player for Yashasvi Jaiswal and Devdutt Padikkal at discount.