Cricket as the pundits say is a level-changer. One day you can be on top and very quickly find yourself at the bottom of the pile. Rajasthan Royals hasn’t been at the top of the 2018 IPL table but the Royals did get off to a great start and were in the top four.
Royals Go Down To Kings XI
The Royals have unfortunately become worse with each game and now find themselves at the bottom of the points table after losing to Kings XI on Sunday. The Royals have now played 9 games and have lost 6 of those games – mainly because their batting has let them down.
The Royals had an opportunity on Sunday to get some momentum back into their campaign with a win against Kings XI. However, their batsmen once again failed and the Royals could only muster a low total of 152. They managed to get to 152 because Jos Butler played a good innings at the top of the order and scored 51.
However that was never going to be enough and Kings XI managed to chase down those runs with 8 balls to spare. The loss has now put a lot of pressure on A Rahane who has not had a great run with the bat for his franchise.
The Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore got off to horrible starts but were able to change things around and claw their way up the points table.
Royals Must Settle On Middle-Order
The Royals to get back to their winning ways and stop themselves from being eliminated, they must quickly settle on their middle-order. We are half way through the 2018 IPL and the Royals continue to chop and change.
For that to happen, the Royals need to establish their opening combination. Captain Rahane has dropped himself from opener to middle-order in an effort to stabilize things but given his form that hasn’t worked well. It might be better for Rahane to go up the order and give experienced players like Ben Stokes the responsibility to hold things together in the middle.
Klaasen and D’Arcy Short have failed for the Royals but it might be time to give Klaasen one more opportunity at 4 or 5. The Royals next game is once again against Kings XI and will take place on May 8. If the Royals lose again, they will be dangerously close to being eliminated.