When it comes to all-rounder Rajasthan Royals have many options to look upon but RR’s Director of Cricket Kumar Sangakkara said that most of them would be used as batsmen in the upcoming IPL.
For boosting their middle order core batting RR bought all-rounder Shivam Dube for Rs 4.40 crores, after choosing Chris Morris for a record sum of Rs 16.25 crores in the IPL auction on Thursday. Rajasthan Royals have Ben Stokes as their all-rounder But Sangakkara wants Dube & Stokes to focus more on their batting.
“I think for us the focus on Dube is for his batting and if there is an opportunity for him to bowl it will be very rare or very few overs. Stokes is of course capable with the ball but his role at the top of the order is extremely crucial and his ability with the bat,” said Sangakkara while replying to a query from ANI.
“In terms of his overs, we don’t want to burn him (Stokes) too much with the ball and use him tactically in areas where he can make a difference for us. So in terms of Stokes coming in and bowling, we have no doubt that he can deliver but we don’t want to bowl him all the time,” he added.
Morris will now play for Rajasthan Royals for the first time since 2015 & Sangakkara the former Sri-Lanka captain wants to use South Africa’s all-rounder along with pacer Jofra Archer.
“Morris has a very specific role for us to play in supporting Archer. I think it gives us a lot more flexibility in terms of how we use Archer. Morris’ numbers when he is fit and strong has been best in all IPLs,” said Sangakkara.
“Especially at the deaths his numbers are probably number one and in terms of the game impact, he is very much in the top bracket. His ability in that sense is very crucial for us,” he added. Rajasthan Royals also bought Bangladesh’s left-armer Mustafizur Rehman to their fast-bowling arsenal for the season at his base price of Rs 1 crores.
Another left-armer added to Rajasthan Royals pace team is Chetan Sakariya, the Saurashtra pacer who has already made a name for himself in domestic cricket & the Rajasthan Royals were quick to bid & get Chetan for Rs 1.20 crores ahead of RCB.