IPL news March 7, 2012

Rajasthan Royals sign Owais Shah


Rajasthan Royals have signed Owais Shah, the England batsman, as a replacement for their former captain Shane Warne, who retired from all forms of the game during last season's IPL.

Shah, who has been part of the Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils and the now defunct Kochi Tuskers Kerala in previous tournaments, was instrumental in the Hobart Hurricane's run to the semi-finals of the Big Bash League this season. He averaged an impressive 70.50 from eight games, scoring 282 runs at a strike rate of 149.20.

"We are delighted to have signed on Owais Shah to play for the Rajasthan Royals," Raghu Iyer, the chief executive of the Royals, said in a statement. "He is one of the most exciting batsmen in the world and has been particularly outstanding in the shorter forms of the game." Shah should slot into the middle order, where he could be a replacement for Ross Taylor as the team's finisher. Taylor was traded to the Delhi Daredevils last month.

Shah was originally bought by the Delhi Daredevils for $275,000 in the 2009 player auction but did not get a game. Statistically, his best season came in 2010, after he was traded to the Knight Riders. He averaged 57.50 from five games that year, leading the team in that category. In 2011, he was bought by the Kerala for $200,000 but only played three games, making 26 runs from two innings with a strike-rate of 173.33.

He was unsold in the 2012 player auction after the Kochi franchise was terminated by the BCCI and a number of players added to this year's auction list. Warne captained the Royals for the first four seasons before pulling down the curtain on his IPL career. Rahul Dravid has succeeded him as captain.

Edited by Kanishkaa Balachandran

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • hunter on March 20, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    Still waiting for T. VIRT in RR, Urgently need this guy as a powerpul hitter and a match winner........ Mgt of RR plz review my opinion..............

  • arun on March 10, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    My dream RR for ipl 5 is:- 1.watson 2.rahane 3.dravid 4.collingwood 5.chandimal 6.menaria 7.botha 8.binny 9.chavan 10.sreesanth 11.trivedi As far as i concern its the best team.mix of good spin and fast bowling

  • prithivan on March 10, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    goswami ,dravid ,rahane ,hodge ,chandimal/shah ,botha ,menaria ,binny ,trivedi ,sreeshanth/pankaj singh ,tait/hogg

  • MOKSHAGUNDAM on March 9, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    Excellent Deal .RR middle order is super stable with Dravid, Hodge and Shah.. Wow..Dravid has very good chance with this team to win the title and prove that he is also a good captain

  • Sano on March 9, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    excellent buy...one of the finest T20 middle order batsman....its bit surpris that he dint even play even more than 10 IPL matches overall for his 3 previous IPL teams...hope he can play all the matches in this years IPL....!

  • rohit on March 8, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    rajasthan royals bought 2 good players for almost nothing. Chandimal and owais shah.

  • Dummy4 on March 8, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    cool buy but even would e best if they would hv gone for guptil any way he is also a hard hiter my team RR--watson , asnodkar, rahane , dravid, chandimal, collingwood/ hodge/ owais shah, menaria, chahar, pankaj singh/ s trivedi/ amit singh, tait shreesanth.

  • $$ milind on March 8, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    Gr8!!!!!!!!! Owais Shah is one of d players who surprises d bowler through very good footwork and interesting shots. He will b a handy middle-order batsman and a outstanding finisher...

  • Dummy4 on March 8, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    i dont think dis is a gud move

  • hunter on March 8, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    Great for RR,Now chase for Travis Birt as early as possible...........

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