Live Cricket Score IPL 2012: Rajasthan Royals vs Kings Xl Punjab T20 match in Jaipur

Rajasthan Royals will have another legend in Rahul Dravid as captain and mentor but the shorter form of the game has never been his cup of tea AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Jaipur: Apr 6, 2012

Rahul Dravid, who recently retired from international cricket, returns to take charge of the Rajasthan Royals (RR), who will clash with Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in IPL 2012 match on Friday.

Both the teams would be eager to notch up a victory and start their campaign on a high note but the stakes are higher for the Royals who for the first time would be without their charismatic and shrewd captain-cum-coach Shane Warne.

The hosts have, however, another legend in Dravid as captain and mentor but the shorter form of the game has never been his cup of tea.

Similarity can be drawn in the fact that Warne after retirement was eager to prove himself as a skipper while Dravid, after announcing his retirement from Tests and ODI, appears to be keen to prove himself in the new challenging role.

It won’t be easy for him to step in the shoes of Warne as the unorthodox, innovative and bold methods of the Australian legend had propelled Rajasthan to the title in the inaugural edition of IPL.

As far as resources are concerned, Rajasthan don’t have big names, and prolific Australian all-rounder Shane Watson would be missed in the first half of the tournament.

But the hosts have a decent side with Dravid at the helm.

The rest of batting comprises youngsters such Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Menaria, Kevon Cooper and Owais Shah, who are hard hitters.

Kings XI Punjab also does not have too many big stars except skipper Adam Gilchrist, Praveen Kumar and David Hussey.

There is the explosive Paul Valthaty and Shaun Marsh who are all good strikers of the ball. Some of the promising youngsters like Abhishek Nayar, Piyush Chawla, Paras Dogra and veteran Romesh Powar are capable of putting in good performances.

Teams:

RR: Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Dravid (c), Johan Botha, Ashok Menaria, Brad Hodge, Ankit Chavan, Owais Shah, Shreevats Goswami(wk), Kevon Cooper, Amit Singh, Siddharth Trivedi

KXIP: Adam Gilchrist (c/wk), Abhishek Nayar, Bipul Sharma, David Hussey, Paul Valthaty, Shaun Marsh, Mandeep Singh, Piyush Chawla, James Faulkner, Harmeet Singh, Praveen Kumar

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