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Rajasthan Royals sign Owais Shah

Tariq Engineer

March 7, 2012

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Owais Shah drives square during his unbeaten 41, Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Thunder, BBL, Hobart, January 1, 2012
Owais Shah has already been part of three IPL teams © Getty Images
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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

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Posted by BDHUNTER 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..............

Posted by akj147 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

Posted by docprith on (March 10, 2012, 3:29 GMT)

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

Posted by gowthammokshagundam 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

Posted by Sano27 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....!

Posted by RohithMedisetty on (March 8, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by class9ryan 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...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

i dont think dis is a gud move

Posted by BDHUNTER on (March 8, 2012, 5:28 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (March 8, 2012, 4:28 GMT)

Good T20 cricketer... why did it take so long for him to find a team. Good replacement for Taylor to some extent.

Posted by Bruisers on (March 8, 2012, 3:13 GMT)

The article should have said Shah replaces Ross Taylor.. How can he replace Warnie?? LOL.

Posted by touqeer777 on (March 8, 2012, 0:18 GMT)

Shah is exciting T20 players.Nice deal.

Posted by Nishant2012 on (March 7, 2012, 21:04 GMT)

good one this is now....good replacement .. middle order stability as taylor has gone

Posted by TestOfTime on (March 7, 2012, 18:40 GMT)

Hope they got him for pittance. Paying anything more than $150K for him will be waste of capital

Posted by   on (March 7, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

gud choice........impressed in big bash........got d prize!!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 7, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

cool move.....Handy player !!!!

Posted by   on (March 7, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

Now plz someone take Kevin 0'brain

Posted by   on (March 7, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

Shrewd purchase, this one.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

very good option for Rajasthan royals...

Posted by   on (March 7, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

Cool move by Rajasthan Royals...Dravid got the finisher now...

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