Rajasthan Royals have revealed their new jersey on Friday for the upcoming 12th edition of the Indian Premier League. The Jaipur based franchise, who were briefly banned for two years, made their return last year, and will be looking to improve on their 2018 performance, when they finished fourth and reached the playoffs, only to lose to Kolkata.
The likes of Jaydev Unadkat, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith and Jos Butler were seen sporting the new look pink jerseys in an event organized in Jaipur on March 22.
JK Lakshmi Cement will again be title sponsors for Rajasthan Royals for the second consecutive season. They’ve opted for a switch to a predominantly pink shirt- a nod to the home town of Jaipur, which is nicknamed the Pink City, as well. There’s a small element of blue as well- the Royals wore a blue jersey in their first, and till date, only IPL title win back in the 2008 season.
Rajasthan had also worn a one-off pink jersey last season to raise funds for breast cancer awareness.
The team will be captained by Ajinkya Rahane. The Royals will start their their IPL tournament on March 25 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur against Kings XI Punjab.
Steve Smith who was banned from last year’s IPL due to his involvement in the ball tampering scandal on Australia’s tour to South Africa will make his IPL comeback in 2019.
Swashbuckling England wicket keeper Jos Butler had a superb season with the bat for the Royals last year, where he amassed 548 runs in 13 matches. The franchise would be hoping for a similar kind of performance this time around too.
Apart from their foreign players, Rajasthan also have some very talented Indian young players in their ranks, with the likes of Sanju Samson, Mahipal Lomror, Shreyas Gopal and Riyan Parag all ones to look out for.