Emerging Media, a UK-based company, bought Rajasthan Royals (the Jaipur team) for $67 million. Rajasthan Royals won the inauguration tournament under legend Shane Warne.
Representing the 'Desert State of India', Rajasthan Royals makes up one of the eight franchises of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Winner of the first season of IPL i.e. IPL 2008, the team was captained as well as coached by Shane Warne. With this, it has become the only team in the Indian Premier League to have a foreign captain and coach. There is also no 'Icon Player' in the team. Rajasthan Royals was auctioned off for US $67 million, to Emerging Media, with Lachlan Murdoch, Sir Aditya S Chellaram and Suresh Chellaram being other investors.
The Rajasthan Royals franchise is owned and chaired by Manoj Badale. Other investors include Ryan Tkalcevic, Lachlan Murdoch, Aditya S Chellaram, Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty and Suresh Chellaram and her business partner Raj Kundra later bought 11.7% stake in Rajasthan Royals, by paying around US $15.4 million. The team made up the least expensive franchise in the Indian Premier and initially, was not at all favored as a winner. However, it proved the speculators wrong and ended the preliminary round with an impressive 11 wins and only 3 losses. Rajasthan Royals won the semi-final, after defeating Delhi Daredevils, and clinched the finals as well, beating Chennai Super Kings in inauguration tournament.
Last IPL, in 2013, the captained by former Indian captain Rahul Dravid and they lost to Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 2 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata by four wickets.
The logo of Rajasthan Royals comprises of a two lions blowing the war horn and flanking the RR insignia, along with the team's name.
Rajasthan Royals Players for 2014
25 (Indian 17, overseas 8)
INR 54.45 crore
They managed to buy the most players and still have the most economical squad. They have depth in every department.
A lot of their back-up players are relatively inexperienced and untested, but that is in keeping with previous Rajasthan squads.
- Brad Hodge - AUS (2.4 crore)
- Karun Nair - IND (75 lakh)
- Unmukt Chand - IND (65 lakh)
- Ajinkya Rahane - IND (retained)
- Steven Smith - AUS (4 crore)
- Rajat Bhatia - IND (1.7 crore)
- Abhishek Nayar - IND (1 crore)
- Ben Cutting - AUS (80 lakh)
- Kevon Cooper - WI (30 lakh)
- Rahul Tewatia - IND (10 lakh)
- Shane Watson - AUS (retained)
- Stuart Binny - IND (retained)
- James Faulkner - AUS (retained)
- Dishank Yagnik - IND (30 lakh)
- Ankush Bains - IND (10 lakh)
- Sanju Samson - IND (retained)
- Iqbal Abdullah - IND (65 lakh)
- Ankit Sharma - IND (10 lakh)
- Pravin Tambe - IND (10 lakh)
- Tim Southee - NZ (1.2 crore)
- Dhaval Kulkarni - IND (1.1 crore)
- Kane Richardson - AUS (1 crore)
- Deepak Hooda - IND (40 lakh)
- Vikramjeet Malik - IND (20 lakh)
- Amit Mishra - IND (10 lakh)
- Assistant Head Coach: Harish Joshi
- High Performance Coach: Jeremy Snape
- Physiotherapist: John Gloster
- Performance Analyst: Mohsin Sheikh
- Director Of Coaching: Darren Berry
- Owner(s): Emerging Media, Shilpa Shetty, Raj Kundra
- CEO: Manoj Badale
- Manager (Operations): Shamsher Singh