The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League began earlier this month and has provided a lot of entertainment to fans all over the world in these difficult times. While some teams like Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings have found their perfect team combination, the others are still struggling. Meanwhile, there is one franchise whose situation is going from bad to worse with their squad getting depleted every other day - Rajasthan Royals.
Rajasthan Royals need to react quickly
Sanju Samson's side have had a difficult start to the season with two wins and three defeats in the first five matches. While they would be hoping to bounce back, they just seem to have very few players left in their squad to do the same. After an unfortunate injury to Ben Stokes in their season opener, Jofra Archer was also ruled out of the tournament. To add wound to the salt, Liam Livingstone and Andrew Tye also left for their home due to personal reasons.
The franchise are now left with only four overseas players in the form of Jos Buttler, David Miller, Mustafizur Rahman and Chris Morris. Since the men in pink don't have an experienced core of Indian players as well, Rajasthan Royals have started to look for potential players they can sign. While there are reports that RR might sign Rassie van der Dussen in the upcoming days, they will still have three vacant spots left in squad. However, the franchise are notably looking at the 'IPL loan' option to have the players be available immediately.
The IPL 2021 loan window got underway on Monday and RR are reportedly interested in signing a few players in this window. "The team is looking to loan players and has written to other franchisees but nothing is decided at this point," Press Trust of India quoted a source from the Rajasthan Royals camp as saying. The rule states that a player who has played less than two matches in the season can be loaned. With quite a few players eligible by this criteria, let us have a look at five possible overseas players, whom the franchise would consider signing in the loan window.
1. Mitchell Santner
The Kiwi all-rounder is one of the most under-rated players in T20 cricket. Santner is someone who can make valuable contributions in all departments, making him a match-winner in this format. In 52 T20I matches, the 29-year-old has a strike rate of 126.89 to add to his 60 wickets.
Santner is currently a part of Chennai Super Kings who have all the bases covered in their squad. With so many all-rounders like Sam Curran, Moeen Ali and Dwayne Bravo present in the squad, it is very unlikely that the all-rounder will get a game this season.
On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals are scheduled to play most of their upcoming matches in Delhi and Kolkata, where spinners are expected to get some assistance. With Shreyas Gopal not in good form, Santner could be a great addition to the RR side as he can also provide some much-needed batting depth to their side.