8 Things We Learned About Rajasthan Royals From ‘Inside Story’

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8 Things We Learned About Rajasthan Royals From ‘Inside Story’

Franchise’s Future Policy

In the beginning of the documentary, last year’s brand ambassador and former skipper Shane Warne makes an appearance and sheds light on how the franchise had gone on to win the first edition of the league sans big faces. “We were the least expensive franchise in 2008. We had a team that had hardly played first class cricket, let alone experienced players. The players were 17-19 and no one had heard of them. After being hammered in the first game, we went on to win the tournament.”

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The story of the underdogs not only grabbed the attention of the global public but also helped them form their motto going ahead into the tournament – “We do not buy stars, we make stars.”

Royals, have, thus, tied up with a number of academies as they look to unearth, scout and hone young talent over the last 12 years. The first IPL team to back Redbull Campus Cricket that sees 350 colleges from across the globe take part, Royals are also promoting women’s cricket in their off- season.

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“Colts and Sparks” remains a nationwide talent hide program where young players, including girls, get a platform to perform in front of the Royals scouts. 69 players are then selected and divided into the Royals Colts (boys) and Royal Sparks (girls). By creating tournaments for girls and organizing fitness camps, the side looks to promote a face of cricket that is often ignored, because, as Stokes says, “It is not about what is here and now, it is about what is down the line as well.”

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