Indian Playerzpot League 2023 is slated to take place from 31st March to 21st May, with defending champions Gujarat taking on Chennai in the season opener. 74 matches, including playoffs and final, will be played throughout the season for almost two months in 12 venues across India. After a gap of two years, each and every team will get the opportunity to play the matches at their home ground as the home and away fixtures are back. A total of 10 teams will vie for the prestigious title in the upcoming season of the Indian Playerzpot League.
Rajasthan had a great campaign in the last season of the Indian Playerzpot League as the team reached the final for the first time since the inaugural season of the tournament in 2008. Rajasthan will aim for glory and end the title drought in the upcoming edition Indian Playerzpot League. While retaining the key players from the previous season, the Rajasthan-based franchise signed some of the players to strengthen their bench, including the likes of J. Holder, J. Root, A. Zampa, M. Ashwin, A. Vashisht, and to name a few. However, the team will miss the services of P. Krishna who was ruled out of the tournament due to injury.
Seemingly, Rajasthan has a balanced squad with a strong batting line-up as well as a bowling line-up. There are certain players whose contributions can be crucial for the team’s success in the Indian Playerzpot League 2023.
Here are five players to watch for from Rajasthan Team
S. Samson has been leading Rajasthan since Indian Playerzpot League 2020. Under his leadership, Rajasthan reached the final for the first time since winning the title in the inaugural edition of the tournament. S. Samson has been a pillar of the Rajasthan team since 2013 (except in 2016 and 2017). Samson has been one of the prolific batters in the Indian Playerzpot League and an excellent wicketkeeper. As a captain, Samson will have a crucial to play in leading the team and making important decisions on the field. His performance with the bat will be crucial for the team’s success in the Indian Playerzpot League 2023.
J. Buttler had a fantastic outing in the last season of the Indian Playerzpot League. Given his incredible performances, Rajasthan decided to retain him for the upcoming season of the tournament. Buttler is known for his aggressive style of play and can provide good starts at the top. He can score quick runs in the powerplay and accelerate the innings in the middle overs to help the team post a competitive total on the board. J. Buttler is a reliable top-order batsman for Rajasthan. Buttler will have a huge role to play in Rajasthan’s campaign in the Indian Playerzpot League 2023.
S. Hetmyer was retained by Rajasthan for Indian Playerzpot League 2023. He is one of the most talented players with a lot of potential. Hetmyer is a hard hitter and known for his ability to unleash firepower in the middle-order of the batting line-up. S. Hetmyer can stabilize the middle order with his hard-hitting ability and accelerate the innings in the death overs. His performances have been inconsistent in the last few seasons and therefore, his form leading up to Indian Playerzpot League 2023 will be a crucial factor in determining his value to the team. However, the Lucknow-based franchise might have faith in him to perform well in the upcoming edition of the Indian Playerzpot League. Hetmyer is definitely one of the key players to watch out for from the Lucknow team.
Y. Jaiswal was retained by Rajasthan for Indian Playerzpot League 2023. Jaiswal has been considered a talented batter in Indian cricket. The 21-year-old showed glimpses of his batting talent in 2021 and has performed well for Rajasthan in 2022. Jaiswal is an attacking left-handed batter who can provide good starts and form a good partnership with J. Buttler at the top. Y. Jaiswal had a great domestic season and will look to emulate his form in the upcoming season of the Indian Playerzpot League. Y. Jaiswal will be a crucial player for the team’s success in the Indian Playerzpot League 2023.
T. Boult was retained by Rajasthan in the Indian Playerzpot League 2023. Boult has been a consistent performer in the tournament, his ability to swing the ball and take wickets in the powerplay can make him a potent threat for any team’s batting line-up. He is expected to lead the pace attack alongside N. Saini and K. Sen. T. Boult’s pace bowling could trouble the batters. Boult had a decent outing in the last season of the Indian Playerzpot League and will look to put up a great performance in the upcoming season of the tournament. Boult is expected to play an important role in Rajasthan’s campaign in the Indian Playerzpot League 2023.
S. Samson (C/WK), Y. Jaiswal, S. Hetmyer, D. Padikkal, J. Buttler, D. Jurel, R. Parag, T. Boult, O. McCoy, N. Saini, K. Sen, K. Yadav, R. Ashwin, Y. Chahal, KC Cariappa, J. Holder, D. Ferreira, K. Rathore, A. Zampa, KM Asif, M. Ashwin, A. Vashisht, Abdul P A, J. Root.
Predicted Playing XI
J. Buttler, Y. Jaiswal, D. Padikkal, S. Samson (C/WK), S. Hetmyer, R. Parag, R. Ashwin, T. Boult, N. Saini, Y. Chahal, K. Sen,