The Rajasthan Royals haven’t performed like the Chennai Super Kings or the Sunrisers Hyderabad but they are also not languishing at the bottom of the table like the Mumbai Indians. The franchise suffered a major setback when Steve Smith was suspended from participating in the tournament but they had enough bench strength to compensate for it. In Ajinkya Rahane, the team had an able skipper who had the capability of taking the side all the way through to the knockouts.
However, the performance of overseas players and skipper Rahane has been a worry for the Royals. The likes of Ben Stokes and D’Arcy Short have failed to make an impact so far that has affected the balance of the side. The arrival of Jofra Archer solved their bowling woes to a certain extent but the team needed more from other players. On Wednesday, the RR bowlers were hammered to all parts of the ground by the Delhi batsmen in a rain-curtailed game. In spite of a defining knock from Jos Butler, the Royals fell short of the target by four runs.
Royals still in the hunt for the playoffs
The Rajasthan Royals skipper hasn’t lost hope and believes that his side can still make it to the playoffs. “Disappointing to lose this game. We batted incredibly well. Jos upfront was magnificent. We all believe that we can win all our games and make it to the playoffs,” said Rahane in the post-match presentation.
The Royals are currently seventh on the points table with just three wins from eight games. They need at least five wins from their remaining six fixtures to stay in the hunt for the playoffs.