IPL 2022: Yuzvendra Chahal buy of the auction in terms of value, says RR CEO
The Rajasthan Royals have continuously been one of India’s greatest cricket franchises. The team has had an ethos of giving young Indian cricketers a platform to shine and improve as players since winning the title in the league’s inaugural season in 2008. In practically every season, they’ve depended on a core of Indian and foreign veterans flanked by young talent. The auction for the 2022 season has concluded, and Rajasthan Royals now have a new-look team that will excite all of their fans.
“I think we are trying to change how we are perceived as a team because we’ve had three poor years now. Yes, they were impacted by availability and injuries, but we’ve had three poor years as a franchise. We want the fans to look at us and be able to say we are competing for the top-2. We are competing for the championship. And that’s the mentality that has to resonate from within the franchise and around the franchise,” said McCrum during a chat with Red Bull.
“We think we have done that with building this squad. We’ve got quality Indian players; we have four players who are consistently in the Indian national team. Our overseas players are also available throughout the season and very talented individuals. There’s a good balance to the side. We want to be competing near the top of the table, and we want to win as many games as possible for our fans, and hopefully, we will be lifting the trophy at the end of the season,” he added.
Talking about Rajasthan’s picks in the auction, McCrum said:
“I think we secured a lot of our top priorities. We went in not with fixed individuals – we were quite flexible within the structures of what we wanted to secure. It was mostly about trying to achieve our ‘what it takes to win’ criteria. But we are delighted to have people like Ravi (Ravichandran) Ashwin, Yuzi (Yuzvendra) Chahal, (Devdutt) Padikkal, Riyan (Parag), Rassie (van der Dussen), Trent Boult; the list could go on and on. All of them were on our target list. And we are delighted to have secured all of them.”
“I would probably say Yuzi is the buy of the auction in terms of value. So we are delighted to have his leg-spin wicket-taking capability in our side. Overall, we got almost everyone we wanted to. Yes, there were players on our list who we missed. But we had to prioritize and be flexible to get the players at a good value. So we could have the best possible squad. We are very happy with what we have achieved,” he added.
Rajasthan Royals squad: Sanju Samson (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Riyan Parag, KC Cariappa, Navdeep Saini, Obed McCoy, Anunay Singh, Kuldeep Sen, Karun Nair, Dhruv Jurel, Tejas Baroka, Kuldip Yadav, Shubham Garhwal, James Neesham, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rassie van der Dussen, Daryl Mitchell.