Lasith Malinga recalls Rajasthan Royals’ 2008 IPL victory: We are in touching distance of recreating history

Under the leadership of Shane Warne, Rajasthan Royals won the inaugural edition of IPL in 2008. The Sanju Samson-led RR will meet Hardik Pandya’s Gujarat Titans in Qualifier 1 of the IPL 2022.

Lasith Malinga (Courtesy: Reuters)


  • Rajasthan Royals will play Gujarat Titans in Qualifier 1
  • Shane Warne led Rajasthan Royals to win inaugural IPL in 2008
  • RR’s Jos Buttler and Yuzvendra Chahal hold orange and purple cap respectively

Rajasthan Royals fast bowling coach Lasith Malinga lauded the Sanju Samson-led team’s effort throughout the Indian Premier League 2022 season, saying the side is “now touching distance of recreating history” ahead of the Qualifier 1 match against Gujarat Titans in Kolkata on Tuesday (May 24).

The Rajasthan-based franchise won the inaugural edition of the cash-rich tournament in 2008 under the captaincy of legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne.

“Rajasthan Royals played superb cricket throughout the season. Everyone contributed to the success of this amazing group. We’re now in touching distance of recreating history. Royals Family let’s get the job done!” tweeted Malinga.

Rajasthan Royals finished second on the IPL points table after pushing Lucknow Super Giants to third position, thus ensuring their berth in Qualifier 1. The Royals’ victory over Chennai Super Kings in their final league match meant Lucknow will play the Eliminator against Royal Challengers Bangalore on May 25 in Kolkata.

Royals’ opener Jos Buttler holds the orange cap, having scored 629 runs in 14 innings so far. Meanwhile, the team’s leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has the purple cap as he has taken 26 wickets, the most in the tournament. Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Wanindu Hasaranga trails Chahal by just two wickets.

Former India cricketer Harbhajan Singh heaped praise on Rajasthan Royals for backing Ravichandran Ashwin throughout the 2022 season.

“Rajasthan Royals should be credited for showing faith in Ashwin’s all-round abilities and this is the best franchise to have ever made full use of R. Ashwin,” Harbhajan Singh had told Star Sports on the eve of Qualifier 1.

“They have understood the true potential of R. Ashwin and full credit to Ashwin for reposing the faith of the franchise as well.”

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