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Emerging Media, a UK-based company, bought Rajasthan Royals (the Jaipur team) for $67 million. Rajasthan Royals won the inauguration tournament under legend Shane Warne.

Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan RoyalsRepresenting the 'Desert State of India', Rajasthan Royals makes up one of the eight franchises of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Winner of the first season of IPL i.e. IPL 2008, the team was captained as well as coached by Shane Warne. With this, it has become the only team in the Indian Premier League to have a foreign captain and coach. There was also no 'Icon Player' in the team. Rajasthan Royals was auctioned off for US $67 million, to Emerging Media, with Lachlan Murdoch, Sir Aditya S Chellaram and Suresh Chellaram being other investors.

The Rajasthan Royals franchise is owned and chaired by Manoj Badale. Other investors include Ryan Tkalcevic, Lachlan Murdoch, Aditya S Chellaram, Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty and Suresh Chellaram and her business partner Raj Kundra later bought 11.7% stake in Rajasthan Royals, by paying around US $15.4 million. The team made up the least expensive franchise in the Indian Premier and initially, was not at all favored as a winner. However, it proved the speculators wrong and ended the preliminary round with an impressive 11 wins and only 3 losses. Rajasthan Royals won the semi-final, after defeating Delhi Daredevils, and clinched the finals as well, beating Chennai Super Kings in inauguration tournament.

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The logo of Rajasthan Royals comprises of a two lions blowing the war horn and flanking the RR insignia, along with the team's name.

Year wise Team Performance

Year - Position
2008 - Winner
2009 - Sixth
2010 - Seventh
2011 - Sixth
2012 - Seventh
2013 - Third
2014 - Fifth
2015 - Fourth
2016 - Suspend
2017 - Suspend
2018 - Fourth

Rajasthan Royals Players for 2019

Squad strength: 25 (Indian 17, overseas 8)

Players bought in auction: 9

Total cost of squad after 2019 auction: INR 72.85 Crore

Purse at the end of the auction: INR. 7.15 Crore

Indians:

  • Manan Vohra
  • Riyan Parag
  • Ajinkya Rahane
  • Mahipal Lomror
  • Varun Aaron
  • Sanju Samson (wk)
  • Shubham Ranjane
  • Jaydev Unadkat
  • Aryaman Birla
  • Dhawal Kulkarni
  • Prashant Chopra
  • Shashank Singh
  • Sudhesan Midhun
  • Rahul Tripathi
  • Krishnappa Gowtham
  • Shreyas Gopal
  • Stuart Binny

Overseas:

  • Steve Smith (Aus)
  • Ish Sodhi (NZ)
  • Oshane Thomas (WI)
  • Ashton Turner (Aus)
  • Liam Livingstone (Eng)
  • Jos Buttler (wk, Eng)
  • Ben Stokes (Eng)
  • Jofra Archer (WI)

Administration and Support Staffs/Coaches:

  • Owner - Manoj Badale
  • Head of cricket - Zubin Bharucha
  • Head Coach - Paddy Upton (SA)
  • Batting coach - Amol Muzumdar (India)
  • Spin Bowling coach - Sairaj Bahutule (India)
  • Fast Bowling coach - Steffan Jones (England)
  • Fielding coach - Dishant Yagnik (India)
  • Physiotherapist - John Gloster
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