Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) had another disappointing end to their IPL campaign last year. Being only one of the three teams in to have not lifted the IPL trophy, the year 2020 was no different. Led by Virat Kohli, RCB squeezed their way into the playoffs but were defeated by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the eliminator.
RCB have released 11 players ahead of the IPL 2021 auction, which is the highest among the eight franchises. Chris Morris, Aaron Finch are some of the big overseas names released by the franchise.
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)
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) head into the auction with a massive purse of INR 35.90 crores. Here are the five players RCB can target in the upcoming auction:
The world’s leading T20I batsman, Dawid Malan will be a hot topic at the IPL 2021 auction. Among several franchises looking to add the Englishman to their squad, RCB are expected to be one of the frontrunners. Aaron Finch, the Australian limited overs captain was released by the franchise which leaves Joshua Philippe as the only overseas batter apart from AB de Villiers.
If Malan is picked by Bangalore in the auction, Virat Kohli might consider opening the innings alongside the find of the 2020 season, Devdutt Padikkal, whereas Malan will slot in at number three. AB de Villiers will come to bat at his regular position at number
Glenn Maxwell, Australian all-rounder is another big name that will go under the hammer in the IPL auction that will be held on February 18 in Chennai. Maxwell was released by KXIP after a few poor seasons. One of the major crisis RCB will look to solve in the upcoming auction is their need for a finisher.
AB de Villiers has often been burdened with the role of functioning as a middle-order batsman and at the same time finish the innings. Glenn Maxwell can certainly solve this problem as he can come in at number five and finish off games for his team.
Alex Carey silenced his critics just a day after he was released by Delhi Capitals. The Australian wicketkeeper smashed a 60-ball century in the Big Bash League which has raised his stakes ahead of the all-important auction, next month. Alex Carey is a dynamic and a flexible player who can change gears depending on the situation he plays in.
RCB can target Alex Carey in the upcoming auction as he can open the innings as well as bat in the middle order. If Kohli decides to open the batting alongside Padikkal, Carey can come in at number three or he can occupy the number five spot after AB de Villiers.
Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladeshi all-rounder will make his return to the Indian Premier League after missing out last year due to a one-year ban imposed on him. Shakib is a two-time IPL champion with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and was part of the SRH squad when he was banned for a year.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) can target the experience campaigner, Shakib Al Hasan in the auction. He can solve Bangalore’s middle order crisis and can also prove to be handy with the ball. He has played in 63 IPL matches, having picked 59 wickets and scoring 746 runs.