Jaipur: Rajasthan Royals have been the perennial underdogs in Twenty20 cricket. Their deeds on the field have, more often than not, outstripped their strength on paper, and in Shane Warne and Rahul Dravid, they have had men who were adept at creating a whole that has been bigger than the sum of its parts.
That meshing of strengths was in evidence on Saturday (September 22), when Rajasthan started their Champions League Twenty20 2013 campaign with a clinical seven-wicket win over Mumbai Indians. Every player contributed to the win, starting with the bowlers, who uniformly stuck to a plan and bowled an off stump line, the captain, who marshalled his troops astutely, and the batsmen, who weathered good bowling and soaked up pressure effortlessly. (As it happened)