New Delhi. In IPL-2023, Rajasthan Royals have impressed everyone with their game. RR defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 9 wickets with 41 balls remaining in Thursday’s match and strengthened their chances of entering the playoffs. This match played at Eden Gardens will be remembered for the performance and achievements of two players of Rajasthan Royals, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Yuzvendra Chahal. While Chahal took four wickets to top the race for the Purple Cap with 21 wickets in the current season, Yashasvi scored an unbeaten 98 off 48 balls (12 fours, five sixes) to not only take RR to victory but in just 13 balls. Fastest 50 in IPL so far by scoring a half-century.
Since RR achieved the target of 150 runs in the match by losing just 1 wicket, middle-order batsmen like Joe Root, Shimron Hetmyer and Dhruv Jurel did not get a chance to play. This is the second time that RR’s Rs 1 crore player Joe Root has not got a chance to bat despite being in the playing XI.
Root did not get batting even in the match against Sunrisers in Jaipur on 7th May. Batting first in this match, Rajasthan Royals scored 214 runs losing two wickets. Sanju Samson and Shimron Hetmyer remained unbeaten in this match after the dismissals of Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal. This match was won by Sunrisers Hyderabad by 4 wickets.
Did not get a place in the team in the first 10 matches
Joe Root could not find a place in the playing-11 in the first 10 matches of Rajasthan Royals of IPL-2023. During this, there was a lot of discussion about whether Root would be left sitting on the bench in the dug out and if he was not to be given a place in the playing XI, why was he bought for a substantial amount? However, after this, Root got a place in the playing-11 in two matches but wow luck…he did not get a chance to bat.
Scored more than two thousand runs in T20
When Rajasthan Royals bought Root in the auction for IPL-2023 for an amount of one crore rupees, the fans were very excited to see him playing but this hope has not been fulfilled yet. Talk about Root’s batting record. So he has now played 90 T20 matches in which he has scored 2083 runs at an average of 32.54. His strike rate is around 126.70. Root has also taken 22 wickets in T20 matches with his bowling.
FIRST PUBLISHED : May 12, 2023, 14:44 IST