A new looking Rajasthan Royals, who have gone pink this season with their kit, take on a resurgent Kings XI Punjab at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on March 25, 2019.
In pic: Steve Smith is back in Rajasthan Royals colours after being banned from cricket for a year, for his involvement in a ball-tampering scandal during Australia's tour to South Africa in 2018.
Chris Gayle rehearsing his big shots in the Kings XI Punjab nets. The West Indian all-time great has announced his retirement from ODIs after the 2019 World Cup and he will be itching to prove that he is still the best in T20 cricket.
KL Rahul has had a horrid last six months which included poor form with the bat and a suspension for his participation on a TV show where objectionable comments on women were made. He will be playing out of his skin for Kings XI Punjab this season to secure a place in India's squad for the 2019 World Cup.
England's premium all-rounder, Ben Stokes, is out there in Rajasthan Royals' nets practising for the IPL season. The cricketer will have to make a major impact if Rajasthan Royals are to go far in IPL 2019.
Ravichandran Ashwin is the strategic captain the Kings XI Punjab needed. His strategical genius and his skills with the ball will play a vital role for his team this season.
Rajasthan Royals posted this picture when Steve Smith first arrived in India for the IPL 2019. They captioned, "#JabSmithMetSmith #RajasthanRoyals #Rajasthan #Royals #T20 #IPL #RR"
The costliest player at the 2019 IPL auctions, Jaydev Unadkat, will be keen to justify his price tag this season. Rajasthan Royals has invested more than Rs. 18 crores on the cricketer in the last couple of years.
West Indies fast bowler Oshane Thomas is another big addition in the Rajasthan Royals this year. The bowler's quick bouncers and furious yorkers will definitely make a dent in opposition batting lineups.
Rajasthan Royals posted this picture and captioned, "Does the batsman really stand a chance when he sees that look? Quick bouncer or toe-crushing yorker - what's on @oshanethomas2265’s mind?#HallaBol"
Varun Aaron was a contender for a permanent place in the Indian bowling lineup not too long ago. The bowler has gone a bit adrift since then, he will be wanting to come back in the reckoning for a national call up with his performances this season.
In pic: Varun Aaron taking a close look at the balls in his hands.
Rajasthan Royals posted this picture of English all-rounder Liam Livingstone and captioned, "After Sanju welcomed Liam, the Englishman didn't waste any time in hitting the ground running. What emoji describes his determination to train today? #HallaBol"
Rajasthan Royals captioned this picture as, "Young with a hunger for success in his eyes @riyanhparag is ready to #Hallabol! Will he claim the ‘Emerging Player Of The Year’ award this season?"
Young Indian batting talent Manan Vohra is practising hard in the nets for Rajasthan Royals this season. In an interview to mid-day.com, Manan Vohra revealed that he always carried his own hair-dryer while travelling as he does not trust hotel hair-dryers.
Kings XI Punjab youngster Mayank Agarwal and Nicholas Pooran having fun during a practice session.
In pic: Kings XI Punjab captioned this picture as, "When in doubt, hug it out! #SaddaPunjab #SaddaSquad"
Kings XI Punjab's youngsters Prabhsimran, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar putting in the hard yards in the nets. Preity Zinta's team will definitely benefit from the enthusiasm of these youngsters.
Ben Stokes as four bats in his training kit bag as can be seen in this picture. He surely will be using the willow to hit the long ones over the stands.
In pic: Rajasthan Royals captioned this picture in hindi as, "Balla koi bhi lelo @stokesy, toh lamba hi maaroge!"
Rajasthan Royals face Kings XI Punjab in their IPL season opener on March 25, 2019. As the teams gear up, we take a look at the practice session of some big players in both the teams, including Chris Gayle, R Ashwin, Steve Smith and KL Rahul. See picture.. (Pics/ Rajasthan Royals Instagram and Kings XI Punjab Instagram)