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IPL 2022: Yuzvendra Chahal buy of the auction in terms of value, says RR CEO

RR have gone for experienced players like Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini and Prasidh Krishna.

SportsTiger Staff Administrator

Updated - 16 February 2022 5:33 pm

Rajasthan Royals CEO Jake Lush McCrum has said that Yuzvendra Chahal was the buy of the Indian Premier League (IPL) mega auction in terms of value.

“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 are 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.

Rajasthan Royals had won the inaugural edition of the IPL but since then, they have not performed great. The last two-three years were very bad for the franchise as they always finished in the bottom half of the table. The team has had an ethos of giving young Indian cricketers a platform to shine and grow as players but it has not worked out in their favour. Hence, this time they have gone for experienced players like Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini and Prasidh Krishna. Their overseas slot also includes the likes of Trent Boult, James Neesham, Jos Buttler and many others who have a lot of experience in their pockets.

“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”, Jake said.

RR COMPLETE 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.

 

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