Rajasthan Royals © IANS
Rajasthan Royals have traditionally punched above their weight in IPL © IANS

The jamboree called Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 begins on Wednesday with eight teams eying the trophy once again. Rajasthan Royals (RR) will set the ball rolling when they take on Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in their opening game. Devarchit Varma previews the Rajasthan Royals’ team and says with their street-smart cricket, the IPL team will fancy its second trophy. IPL 2015: Five Indian newcomers who can make a big name in IPL 8

Rajasthan Royals (RR) are never among the top-notch teams in Indian Premier League (IPL) who attract a lot of eyeballs and fanfare. They are not the ones who would spend millions to get the big names in their ranks, but they play the brand of cricket which one usually expects top sides in IPL to play. IPL 2015: Top 5 ICC Cricket World Cup successes to watch out

Rajasthan have mastered the art of winning matches with whatever talent they have at their disposal, and once again the side led by Shane Watson and mentored by Rahul Dravid would be keen on playing to their strengths and getting the basics right. IPL 2015: Top 10 veterans who have done consistently well since IPL 2008

Watson has spoken about how important it will be to get off a good start in IPL 2015, and the side studded with many match-winners should not have any trouble in attaining winning momentum. The Royals have three World Cup-winning players from the Australian team in the form of Watson, Steven Smith, and James Faulkner. All three made significant contributions at crucial stages for Australia in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and the Rajasthan Royals will only hope that they continue their good run. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in IPL 2015: Kings of consistency look to rule again

Rajasthan have a formidable batting line-up, and the presence of Watson, Smith, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, and Sanju Samson proves that Royals should no longer be seen as a side which does not have any ‘big’ player. Twenty20 cricket is majorly about the batsmen and Rajasthan have enough firepower in their top-order which can score at brisk rates as well as weather the storms, if there are any. Mumbai Indians in IPL 2015: Rohit Sharma’s men approach upcoming season with renewed vigour to regain lost glory

The impeccable form both Smith and Rahane had in Australia in the past few months would be the biggest factor for Rajasthan Royals. Smith and Rahane are tremendously talented, and they should not face many troubles adjusting their games from the fast and bouncy pitches in Australia to the dustbowls in India. The only concern would be the burn-out they have had. But in a press conference ahead of the tournament, both Smith and Rahane admitted that adjusting to the shortest format would be challenging but they reckoned that it would not hamper them much. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in IPL 2015, Preview: A well-balanced unit with a hunger for success

The young Sanju Samson will also be the cynosure of all eyes in this IPL as well. The right-handed batsman looks like one for the future, having shown all the right signs under the mentorship of Dravid. Samson, along with the other big names, makes Rajasthan’s batting line-up even stronger. Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2015: Fresh team set sights on bigger awards

The presence of Tim Southee as their lead pacer, who is coming off an excellent run in the 2015 World Cup, will boost Rajasthan’s chances. Alongside him the Royals can deploy James Faulkner, who can fox the best of the batsmen and this particular combination will be Rajasthan’s biggest strength in IPL 2015. Then there are the likes of Abhishek Nayar and Dhawal Kulkarni, who are among the big names in the Indian domestic circuit. Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2015 Preview: IPL 7 runners-up will look to continue good form in IPL 8

Kulkarni did not play any match in the 2015 World Cup for India and toured with the team as a staff member, but the endless wait on the bench would have surely perked him up to come out strong in whatever next opportunity comes across his way. Chris Morris and Juan Theron were the two big names added in the squad in the IPL 2015 auction, but with the core group more or less settled, it cannot be said for sure that they will be feature regularly. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 2015: Best chance for franchise to scalp maiden title

There is no shortcoming in the spin department as well, as the inspirational Pravin Tambe still has it in him to tackle the best of the opposition batsmen single-handedly. IPL 2015: CSK, KKR, RCB, KXIP, MI, RR, SRH, DD full team details in IPL 8

The ICC World T20 2016 will be held in India, and the Indian contingent in IPL 2015 who are not a part of the national set up would take this as the last opportunity to prove their worth in the T20 format. Samson, Kulkarni, Nayar and even Karun Nair will feel they have a huge opportunity to bank on. IPL 2015 schedule: IPL 8 match time table with venue details

(Devarchit Varma is a reporter with CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter @Devarchit)