Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2022

IPL 2022 Overview: Did Rajasthan Royals Really Lose?

Rajasthan Royals made it to their second final in the history of the franchise, but lost to a resilient Gujarat Titans, who were much better on the day in front of their home fans. The Titans restricted Rajasthan for just 130 runs in the first innings and then chased it down with seven wickets remaining.

Strong Performance of Rajasthan Royals

Despite losing the IPL 2022 title clash to Gujarat Titans, Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson was proud of his team. They put up strong performances throughout the season , giving the fans moments of happiness. Samson said that this was a special season for Rajasthan Royals, who finished as runners-up in the IPL 2022.

“This season is really special for us. We have been able to play good cricket and give fans some happy moments. All the youngsters and seniors played well as a team, I am proud of my team.”

said by Sanju Samson in the post-match presentation.

Did Samson’s Decision Matter?

Samson’s decision to bat first was baffling since he admitted that the toss played a significant role in Friday’s thumping win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore. That Eliminator was played on the same strip at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

The surface is dry; that was how Samson justified his decision to bat first on Sunday. Maybe, it wasn’t just Samson’s call. It must have been a team decision. Yet, as captain, Samson should have stood his ground if he believed in what he said after the RCB game.

To blame the Rajasthan defeat on the toss would be injustice to the Gujarat Titans, who won it on sheer dint of high-calibre displays throughout the tournament. Gujarat were the only dominant performer in IPL 2022, losing only four of their 16 games. And in a tight final, their quality shone through as Gujarat ground out a tough but comprehensive victory.

Inspiration from Hardik Pandya As a Captain

The title clash showcased all of Pandya’s skills. He bowled four economical overs to dismiss three Rajasthan heavyweights: Samson, Jos Buttler and Shimron Hetmyer. Not just that. He rang the bowling changes so astutely that Rajasthan were never allowed to claw back into the game. When Rajasthan threatened to derail Gujarat’s chase, Pandya provided the steel in the middle-order with a partnership that took the game away.

It was an allround performance of the highest order. Rajasthan never stood a chance against it. Pandya took charge of Gujarat’s destiny in the final, while Samson fell early and cheaply, triggering a Rajasthan batting collapse. Samson and Buttler can attack during any phase of the innings; they have the skills and strokes to do it. Undue haste undid Samson, and that cranked up the pressure. The rest of the batting disintegrated.

If Samson had held the Rajasthan innings together like Pandya, maybe they could have fancied their chances. However, Gujarat Titans were so dominant that even the toss wouldn’t have mattered. Such was the authority in which Gujarat played that they would have won even if they batted first.

Conclusion

Rajasthan Royals still built an amazing final, while they might just be defeated by GT, for the emotional and unstoppable attitude in front of their home fans. Still looking forward to their next season.

Sources:

IPL 2022: How the Rajasthan Royals lost the final against Gujarat Titans

Sanju Samson ‘proud’ of Rajasthan Royals despite losing IPL 2022 final

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