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Preview | Rajasthan Royals | IPL 2018

The champions of the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Rajasthan Royals are all set to make a comeback into the most opulent cricket league in the world after a two-year gap.
After an astounding first season, the franchise dropped down to the sixth position in the points table in 2009. The next three years saw them wandering at the seventh, sixth and seventh position in the points table. In 2013, they failed to get past Mumbai Indians in the second qualifier. Royals dropped down to the fifth position in 2014. RCB knocked them out in the eliminator in the following year.
Upon their comeback, the franchise would be hoping for a performance which at least takes them through to the knockouts. Since 2008, Rajasthan Royals have been known for their investment in the youth. Despite a two-year gap, they have stuck to their strategy of believing in the youth, something which is apparent from looking at their squad on paper.
Expected Playing Eleven1) D'Arcy Short 2) Ajinkya…

Preview | Delhi Daredevils | IPL 2018

Delhi Daredevils made it to the Semi-finals in the first two seasons of the Indian Premier League. But since then, their expedition has faced a lot of ups and downs. They did not make it to the qualifying round in 2010 due to a low Net Run Rate. They went through a sudden sink in 2011 when they finished at the bottom of the points table.
In 2012, they topped the points table but failed to get past Chennai Super Kings in the play-offs. 2011 struck them again in 2013 and 2014 as they finished at the bottom of the points table. They improved by a position each in 2015 and 2016, remaining at No. 6 in the points table last year as well.
Talking about their performance in this year's auction, Delhi Daredevils have done a commendable job in building a squad of 25 players, which has a perfect blend of experienced campaigners, T20 specialists, all-rounders and youth. It was evident that they had come into the auction after doing their homework. Out of the available budget of INR 80 crores, D…