All-rounder Archer propelled Royals to a thrilling victory over KKR on Thursday night and his presence too will be felt very much.
The departure of three Englishmen could cost Royals dear but the form of Ajinkya Rahane and Smith is a positive sign.
Parag, the find
The real find for Royals has been 17-year-old boy from Assam, Riyan Parag, who has shown remarkable skill with bat and ball, demonstrating tremendous temperament.
He made 47 off 31 against KKR and put back Royals on road to victory from a very tight situation.
Sanju Samson is also in good nick and Rahul Tripathi too has clicked with a fifty in the opening slot. The likes of Ashton Turner and Liam Livingstone have not been up to the mark and will have to raise their game.
Aaron steps up
The bowling will be a bigger worry for the hosts because Archer was the most effective bowler for them in death overs.
However, Varun Aaron was very impressive against KKR with 2 for 20 and the 'Man of the match' award would also boost his confidence. Oshane Thomas too had a decent outing with 1 for 32. The hosts would also look up to Dhawal Kulkarni and Jaidev Unadkat to tighten the screws on the opposition.
Sunrisers too will deeply affected by the absence of overseas players but have been smart with their replacements.
Warner, who would be playing his last match of the season on April 29, could be replaced by Martin Guptill. The Kiwi could partner his skipper Kane Williamson at the top of the order once Warner leaves.