Rajasthan take on Punjab in the fourth match of the Indian T20 League at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday, April 12.
Winners of the inaugural edition of the Indian T20 League in 2008, Rajasthan finished bottom of the table last year.
Ahead of the new season, Rajasthan parted ways with their former captain Steve Smith and appointed India wicket-keeper batsman Sanju Samson as their new skipper. The franchise also roped in Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara as their Director of Cricket.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan made headlines at the Indian T20 League 2021 mini-auction as they broke the bank for South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris. The Sanju Samson-led side acquired the services of Chris Morris for Rs. 16.25 crore, making him the most expensive player in the Indian T20 league history.
The franchise also made valuable additions by roping in India all-rounder Shivam Dube and England swashbuckling batsman Liam Livingstone.
However, Rajasthan will miss the services of their star pacer Jofra Archer for a considerable period in the ongoing edition as he is currently recuperating from surgery.
On the other hand, the 2014 runners-up Punjab had finished sixth in the last edition of the tournament. The rechristened Punjab franchise will hope for a change of fortunes this season.
Ahead of the mini-auction, Punjab had released several big names including Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, Jimmy Neesham and Mujeeb ur Rahman.
To replace these big names, the team management spent big money at the Indian T20 League 2021 auction by addressing their death bowling concern and their middle-order.
The franchise has signed Australia pacers Jhye Richardson for Rs 14 crore, Riley Meredith for Rs 8 crore and world’s top-ranked T20I batsman Dawid Malan for Rs 1.5 crores. Furthermore, they even shelled out as much as Rs 5.25 crores for the uncapped Tamil Nadu batsman Shahrukh Khan.
In the Rajasthan vs Punjab head-to-head record in the Indian T20 League, the stats favour Rajasthan, who have won 12 of 21 matches played between these two teams.
Where to watch Rajasthan vs Punjab live in India?
The Rajasthan vs Punjab Indian T20 League match will be telecast live at 7:30 PM IST on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD, Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select 1 HD TV channels in India, on Monday, April 12.
Live streaming of Rajasthan vs Punjab will be available on the Disney+ Hotstar app and website.
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