In the Indian Premier League the city of Jaipur is represented a franchise called Rajasthan Royals which is owned by Emerging Media group. The franchise was attained for 67 million USD which made it the least expensive franchise in the auction. For the inaugural 2008 tournament this team was regarded as an underdog in comparison with the other IPL Teams.
In the 2008 season (April-May) of the Indian Premier League the Rajasthan Royals won the following matches. On 21st April 2008 at Jaipur it defeated Kings XI Punjab by 6 wickets. On 24th April 2008 at Hyderabad it defeated Deccan Chargers by 3 wickets. On 26th April at Bangalore it defeated the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 7 wickets. On 1st May at Jaipur it defeated the Kolkata Knight Riders by 45 runs. On 4th May at Jaipur it defeated Chennai Super Kings by 8 wickets. On 9th May at Jaipur it defeated the Deccan Chargers by 8 wickets. On 11th May at Jaipur it defeated the Delhi Daredevils by 3 wickets. On 17th May at Jaipur it defeated the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 65 runs. On 21st May at Kolkata it defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 6 wickets. On 24th May at Chennai it defeated the Chennai Super Kings by 10 runs. On 26th May at Jaipur it defeated the Mumbai Indians by 5 wickets. In the semi final played at Mumbai on 30th May it defeated the Delhi Daredevils by 105 runs. In the final played at Navi Mumbai on 1st June it defeated the Chennai Super Kings by 3 wickets.
Some of the prominent players of the Rajasthan Royals are as follows. The captain-bowler is Shane Warne of Australia who was paid 0.45 million USD. The wicket keeper was Kamran Akmal of Pakistan who was paid 0.15 million USD. The all rounders in the team are Yusuf Pathan of India for 0.475 million USD, Dimitri Mascarenhas of England for 0.1 million USD, Shane Watson of Australia for 0.125 million USD and Sohail Tanvir of Pakistan for 0.1 million USD. The batsmen are Graeme Smith of South Africa for 0.475 million USD, Mohammad Kaif of India for 0.675 million USD and Younis Khan of Pakistan for 0.225 million USD. The bowlers are Munaf Patel of India for 0.275 million USD and Morne Morkel of South Africa for 0.06 million USD.
On 1st June 2008 the inaugural DLF India Premier League T-20 cup was won by the Rajasthan Royals.