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    *** Rahul Dravid's Rajasthan Royals - Halla Bol ***

    Rajasthan Royals -- Winners of the Inaugural Edition of IPL in 2008

    Rajasthan Royals (Hindi: राजस्थान रॉयल्स) is a franchise cricket team based in Jaipur that played in the IPL. The team is led and coached by Shane Warne. The team's mascot is a lion named Moochu Singh. The team anthem, 'Halla Bol' is sung by Ila Arun. The promotional video that aired on national networks before and during the first edition of the IPL was directed by Indrajit Nattoji of Blink Pictures. Leicestershire spinner Jeremy Snape signed on with the Rajasthan Royals as their high-performance coach and team psychologist. They became the champions of the inaugural IPL tournament in 2008. The IPL has terminated the agreement with Rajasthan Royals on 10th October 2010 along with Kings Punjab for violations in agreement and breach of contract on the part of the franchise. BCCI president Shashank Manohar made clear that this expulsion is permanent and owners would not be given second chance. Despite this statement the BCCI lost court cases against the Royals and decided to stop legal action and allowed them to participate in IPL 2011 along with Kings XI Punjab.

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    Rajasthan Royals with the IPL trophy in 2008

    Fierce competitors and stalwarts of the game who are going to turn up for the same team in 2011

    Owner/Brand Ambassadors Shilpa and Shamita Shetty -- enna panradhu Operation Theatre-layum masala kekkuraango
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    Rajasthan Royals - A Recap

    2008 IPL Season

    Prior to the start of the inaugural IPL season, many considered the Royals as possibly the weakest team in the IPL, giving them little chance of competing well in the tournament. Evidence of the latter opinion seemed to be confirmed when the team lost its first match against the Delhi Daredevils in a 9 wicket loss. However the Royals won their next game by defeating the Kings XI Punjab and continued to win the next five games in a row. The Royals built up an impressive 11-3 record after their fourteen premilinary round matches; this included a consecutive 5-game and 6-game winning streak with an undefeated record on their home ground and a spot at the top of the points table. They were also the first team to book a place in the semifinals with their 65 run win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Shane Warne's captaincy and simultaneous coaching was praised and well received by everyone, including opposition teams. In addition, many players of the Royals team had consistently played well. The Royals secured a place in the finals with a victory against the Delhi Daredevils.
    The Rajasthan Royals became the winner of the first IPL tournament, when they defeated the Chennai Super Kings by 3 wickets in the final played on 1 June 2008. With the scores level with one ball remaining, Sohail Tanvir scored the winning run and therefore prevented the match from being decided on a bowl out.
    Each player and representative on the team was awarded a medal and the team was presented with the DLF Indian Premier League trophy along with a cheque for US$ 1.2 million prize money. Many of the Royals' players also took home individual awards for their performance during the tournament; Yusuf Pathan claimed the Man of the Match award for the final match, Sohail Tanvir finished the tournament in possession of the Purple Cap (the IPL's leading wicket taker) and Australian all-rounder Shane Watson was declared the Man of the Series.

    2009 IPL Season

    The Royals did not have a good start during the 2009 season. In their opening game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, who were second last in 2008, the Royals obtained the lowest score in the tournaments history. Rajasthan started to gain momentum slowly with Yusuf Pathan's explosive performances in victories against Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils giving hope to the Royals and their fans. However, inconsistency became a major factor; much was expected of South African captain Graeme Smith who was playing in front of his home crowd and who in last season's scored 441 runs, he together with Swapnil Asnodkar were not able to string together strong consistent performances. The absence of previous year's stars Sohail Tanvir and Shane Watson was also a major factor. Tanvir was not eligible in this season due to the political strain between India and Pakistan, and Watson was called up to play for Australia in the series against Pakistan in the UAE. Many also considered the sending of Mohammad Kaif back to India a poor decision as his batting could have contributed to the team's batting performance. The Royals failed to make it to the semifinals after losing their last two matches against Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders.

    2010 IPL Season

    Rajasthan started the season looking to emulate their success in 2008 but suffered a three game losing streak at the start of the tournament. They bounced back well with a four game winning streak but they were knocked out after a defeat against the Kolkata Knight Riders in their final game of the third season of the IPL.

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    Not over till the fat laddie leads

    More than a year after retiring from international cricket, Shane Warne had captained the underdogs of the IPL to top of the table. And everyone is bewitched.


    "In the world there can be only one Taj Mahal. Similarly, there can only be one Shane Warne."
    Dinesh Salunkhe, the Rajasthan Royals legspinner who is yet to play first-class cricket, declares his captain one of the wonders of the world


    "It shows that when you play under good captains you tend to pick up a lot of good leadership qualities and instincts. Warne has, I think, benefited from playing under good captains and he is very much in control of things in the IPL."
    Younis Khan, a Royals signing who hasn't played for the side yet, applauds from the sidelines


    "You can study psychology for as long as you want, but he has lived it."
    Jeremy Snape, the Royals' assistant coach and holder of a degree in psychology


    "Not only has he led the cheapest franchise to the top of the table ... he has cajoled his team's unheralded youngsters and - even more difficult, this - almost convinced everyone that he is now best mates with Graeme Smith."
    Lawrence Booth highlights Warne's key achievement, in the Guardian


    "He is a great player and he leads from the front. He has done a great job in putting the team together and motivating them to give their best."
    Glenn McGrath has a few words of praise for an old mate


    "His captaincy creed, 'We can win from any position,' is like the common cold - it's contagious. If a team under Warne pulls off a stunning victory or two, the players start to believe that it wasn't a miracle, just an everyday occurrence."
    For Ian Chappell, Warne is the best captain Australia never had


    "Even a long break from the game doesn't seem to faze him."
    Rahul Dravid, one of the other captains in the tournament, salutes


    "Incredibly, his devotion to the team, and especially to the young players in it, even includes learning the Hindi language so he can communicate better - and not just the Namaste [G'day] that is about as far as most expatriates living in India can go. Example: "Ab tu jaake batting kar" [Now you go and bat], Warnie the linguist was heard telling Ravindra Jadeja during a net session the other day with such nonchalance that he never turned to see if anyone noticed."
    Bruce Loudon in the Australian details Warne's efforts to bond with his team

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    Reserved for posting the Picture with IPL 2011 Cup .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plum
    puLi, nAn vENA threat open paNNattumA Rajsthanukku?
    Thanks Plum. naane open pannitten. RR has purchased Dravid . iyaam very happy .

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    Me to dravid . . Kalakunga thalaiva..

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    I'm outside support for RR
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    Riyazz & Satish, welcome welcome. unga perai ellaam Fans list-la add pannitten .

    innaikku Dravid-a edutha RR Owners+think tank-ku oru . edho 2-3 Dravid fans-aavadhu inga vandhu povaaingannu nenaikkaren. illainna Honest-u thread maadhiri E otta vendi irundhurukkum .

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    Dravid is a good pick...good value addition
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