IPL 2023: Predicting strongest starting XI of Rajasthan Royal (RR) for the season

    Rajasthan Royals are looking well balanced.

    Middle-Order: Sanju Samson (c & wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer

    Sanju Samson
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    Sanju Samson is undoubtedly one of the most talented batters in the world at present. He is most likely to bat No. 3 so that he gets enough time to play big innings. Last season, he smashed 458 runs in 17 matches at an average of 28.63 and a strike-rate of 146.79. If RR wants to do well, then Samson’s performance will be a key.

    Devdutt Padikkal has managed to impress everyone ever since making his IPL debut. Although he prefers to play as an opener, he can also do well in the middle-order. Last year RR used him as a slogger, to which he did somewhat justice. Once again, he is likely to be assigned the same role.

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    Shimron Hetmyer was one of the top performers for RR last season. He was responsible for accelerating the run-rate and providing a strong finish for his side. In 15 games, he smashed 314 runs at an average of 44.86 and a strike-rate of 153.92. Hence, he will be expected to perform similarly this season as well.

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