Throwback when Rajasthan Royals was fined in IPL 2008 for spending less than the minimum amount in the auctions
Although Rajasthan Royals have many expensive players in their team now, the franchise actually was known to be meagre spenders at the auction. In fact, this strategy had once led the team into trouble. BCCI had to intervene and a fine was also levied. In this article, we take a look at that incident.
Rajasthan Royals had committed a mistake in IPL 2008
Every team was given a purse of $5 million for the first edition of IPL. Out of this amount, each franchise had to mandatorily spend $3.3 million. However, by the end of the auctions, RR ended up spending only $2.925 million. BCCI decided that it was against the rules and hence, imposed a fine on the franchise. RR never committed the same error again in the competition.
RR won the first edition against all odds
When IPL 2008 started, RR was one franchise that no one gave a chance to win. The squad was filled with unknown faces and foreigners who had not exactly done well in T20 cricket. Nevertheless, the franchise shocked everyone with its performances. While the youngsters stepped up, foreign players such as Shane Watson also did well. However, it was the impact of the captain-cum-coach Shane Warne which eventually led the team to the title.
Since then, RR has not won another title. However, in IPL 2022, the team is looking in good form. Led by Sanju Samson, RR is notching up wins consistently and possesses match-winners in all departments of the game. The fans are waiting to know if this team can repeat the feat of IPL 2008. We still have to wait for a few more weeks to know the end result.