Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals could only win 7 out of their IPL 2023 games which led to their elimination from the tournament. The RR side were runners-up in IPL 2022 and despite getting some brilliant individual performances they failed to deliver as a unit this year.

Here are the 5 Reasons Why Rajasthan Royals Got Eliminated from IPL 2023:

1. Average performance by Samson & Buttler

RR skipper Sanju Samson scored 362 runs in 14 matches at an average of 30.17 which is way lesser than standards set by himself. He failed to score in the crucial games which led to the failure of their batting lineup.

Jos Buttler scored 392 runs at an average of 28 in 14 games but remained pretty inconsistent throughout the IPL 2023 season. Most of his runs came in the first half of the tournament and he was dismissed for a duck 5 times including three consecutive times in the last three games of IPL 2023.

2. Over-dependence on Yashasvi Jaiswal

Rajasthan Royals relied heavily on Yashasvi Jaiswal to do the bulk of scoring from them. In 14 games, the RR opener scored 625 runs at an average of 48.08 and a strike rate of 163.61.

He smashed a scintillating ton against the Mumbai Indians and an unbeaten 98 against the Kolkata Knight Riders. He won a few games single-handedly for them but couldn’t make them qualify for the IPL 2023 playoffs.

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3. Poor performances by their pacers

Trent Boult had a decent outing in IPL 2023 picking up 13 wickets in just 10 matches at a decent economy rate of 8.21. However, he never got support from the other end from any pacer leading to their failure as a unit.

Sandeep Sharma ended up picking just 10 wickets in 12 games at an economy rate of 8.60. Jason Holder too had a mediocre season as he took just 4 wickets in 8 matches at a poor economy rate of 9.96.

4. Choking in crucial games

Rajasthan Royals allowed a couple of games to slip from their hands. SRH needed 41 runs from two overs to win, with two new batters at the crease. The equation then came down to RR needing to defend 5 runs off the last ball but they failed to do so.

The Sanju Samson-led side needed to defend 57 runs in just 4 overs against the Mumbai Indians. Suryakumar Yadav was dismissed after a heroic knock but Jason Holder conceded 3 consecutive sixes against Tim David as the RR side failed to defend their total.

5. Inconsistency in selection

Rajasthan Royals dropped their key pacer Trent Boult in a few games despite him getting decent success with the ball. They also kept changing their uncapped Indian pacers which led to inconsistency in their performances.

Adam Zampa and Jason Holder too got a few opportunities while they also picked Joe Root for a couple of games. However, they were never consistent with their playing XI specifically while picking their fourth overseas player.

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