Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) had a decent IPL 2020 season, where they finished on the fourth spot, losing to Sunrisers Hyderabad in the eliminator. The quest for a maiden IPL title continues for Virat Kohli as they have their eyes set on the IPL 2021 season.
RCB released 10 players ahead of the auction, including 5 foreigners. The Bangalore side will be without Parthiv Patel who retired from all forms of cricket and Dale Steyn who has made himself unavailable for the tournament. In an all-cash deal, Bangalore have brought in Daniel Sams and Harshal Patel from the Delhi Capital.
Released: Chris Morris, Aaron Finch, Moeen Ali, Isuru Udana, Dale Steyn, Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav, Pawan Negi, Gurkeerat Mann, Parthiv Patel
Squad: Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Joshua Philippe, Pavan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahamad, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Harshal Patel
Slots Remaining:11 (3 overseas)
A few players RCB can target in the trading window that closes on February 4 are-
RCB can target Mitchell Marsh in the trading window. The Australian allrounder is an experienced player and can certainly add value to the middle order of the Bangalore team which has more often than not disappointed in the previous few seasons.
Currently a part of the Hyderabad squad that consists of Warner, Bairstow, Williamson it will be very difficult for Marsh to earn a place in the eleven. The all-rounder can slot at number four for Bangalore if Virat Kohli opens alongside Devdutt Padikkal with AB de Villiers coming in at number three.
RCB have lacked the presence of a finisher in their lower-middle order who can give them 20-30 extra runs or play a crucial role in chasing down a steep target. AB de Villiers has been the sole threat for RCB in the latter stages of the innings on a consistent basis. Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube have been tried and tested at that position but neither of them have been too effective.
David Miller, currently a part of Rajasthan Royals is an explosive player that can solve this problem. There are not many good hitters of the ball other than Miller when he is on song. Additionally, the South African possesses vast amounts of experience playing international T20I cricket and has been involved in several editions of IPL.
Chris Lynn is another Australian, RCB can target in the trading window. Lynn did not feature in a single match in the 2020 season as Mumbai Indians went in with the same combination almost every match. The title holders are expected to keep the same combination and Lynn is expected to remain on the bench unless there is any injury to Quinton De Kock. Lynn is having an impressive Big Bash League season and can certainly be a good pick for RCB.