Royal Challengers Bangalore has been around since the start of the first Indian Premier League (IPL). Despite having the firepower with the likes of Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle (2011-2017) and AB de Villers (from 2011) the franchise has failed to win a single IPL. The United Spirits owned franchise came close three times when they finished runners up in 2009, 2011 and 2016.
Virat Kohli and coach Simon Katich saw 12 players released among which 7 are foreigners. With a purse of Rs 27.90 crore, RCB owners can now go after players who would strengthen the RCB squad.
Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2019
Virat Kohli & Co began the season horrible with six consecutive losses at the start of the season. Their first victory came in the seventh game against Kings XI Punjab. RCB then lost against Mumbai Indians before winning 3 consecutive games against Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings and KXIP.
With almost 5 teams fighting for the fourth playoff spot, hope ignited in RCB fans. In the last three matches, RCB lost against Delhi Capitals and shared points with Rajasthan Royals as the match was washed off. RCB won their last game against Sunrisers Hyderabad, but it was a day late and a dollar short.
Virat Kohli (464 runs), AB de Villers (442 runs), Parthiv Patel (373 runs) and Moeen Ali (220 runs) lead the scoring charts for RCB last year. With the ball, Yuzvendra Chahal (18 wickets), Navdeep Saini (11 wickets), Umesh Yadav (16 wickets) picked wickets.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Squad 2020
|Players Retained||Players Released|
|Virat Kohli (C)||Tim Southee|
|AB de Villiers||Colin de Grandhomme|
|Devdutt Padikkal||Dale Steyn|
|Gurkeerat Singh||Heinrich Klassen|
|Moeen Ali||Himmat Singh|
|Mohammed Siraj||Kulwant Khejroliya|
|Navdeep Saini||Marcus Stoinis|
|Parthiv Patel (WK)||Milind Kumar|
|Pawan Negi||Nathan Coulter-Nile|
|Shivam Dube||Prayas Ray Barman|
|Umesh Yadav||Shimron Hetmyer|
|Washington Sundar||Akshdeep Nath|
|Slots Left||12 (6 foreign)|
|Purse remaining||₹ 27.90 Crore|
5 Players RCB should Buy at IPL 2020 Actions
The Royal Challengers Bangalore released 12 players, including 7 foreign players. Among the released were big names who failed to perform last season like Tim Southee, Marcus Stonis, Shimron Hetymar, Collin de Grandehome and Heinrich Klassen. They will have a comparatively busy auction.
RCB retained three of starting order- Parthiv Patel, Kohli and ABD. They will look for a good opener to release the pressure in the middle order. Last year, they brought in Hetymar, Stonis and Grandehome to provide middle-order depth in batting.
With the three of them gone, RCB will now look for a middle-order batsman and an allrounder. Virat Kohli will also look to strengthen the bowling attack. They will search for good opening and death bowler. Here are the 5 players RCB will buy in the IPL 2020 Auctions:
1. Robin Uthappa
Robin Uthappa can return to the Chinnaswamy stadium in red and black after 9 years. He is a local player and knows the pitch in Bangalore very well. The 35-year-old After his stint with RCB, Uthappa has played for Pune Warriors and KKR.
Uthappa has played 170 IPL matches, scoring 4411 runs with an average of 28.83 and a strike rate of 130.5. When he played for the RCB in 2009-10, he played 31 matches and scored 549 runs at an average of 23.53 and strike rate of 112.24. He is priced at Rs 1.5 crores.
2. Jaydev Unakdat
Jaydev Unakdat is another player who could return with RCB this season. His 3performances for Pune Supergiants in 2017 caught various eyes. With him released by RR now, RCB will look to bring him into to strengthen the bowling lineup. However, they will face some challenges from CSK and RR.
In his IPL career, he has taken 77 wickets in 73 matches with an average of 28.46 and economy of 8.73. When he played for RCB in 2013, Jaydev Unakdat played 13 matches picking 13 wickets at an average of 28.46 and economy of 7.55. His base price is Rs 1 Crore.
3. Rohan Kadam
25-year-old Rohan Kadam is another Karnataka lad RCB will want to bid on. The left-handed batsman can provide stability and consistency in the middle order, a thing RCB have missed dearly for the last few seasons. Furthermore, Kadam has played many times at the Chinnaswamy and hence is familiar with the home ground.
Rohan has scored 794 runs In 20 T20 matches at an average of 49.62 and a strike rate of 130.37. With the ball in hand, Kadam can bowl a few overs if Kohli is looking for leg-break googlies. Kadam has a base price of Rs 20 lakhs.
4. Jason Roy
English man Jason Roy will be among the most wanted men on RCB’s wishlist. Roy is an opener who can also play in the middle-order if needed and was part of the English side which won the world cup.
Jason Roy has already played in the IPL with Gujarat Lions in 2017 and Delhi Daredevils in 2018. He has scored 179 runs in 8 IPL matches with an average of 29.83 and strike rate of 133.58. Roy has a base price of Rs 1.5 crore.
5. Pat Cummings
RCB will look for a fast bowler who can lead the bowling line considering they have release Dale Steyn, Tim Southee and Nathan Counter-Nile. Pat Cummins can be that bowler. The Australian pacer will be expensive as many teams will bid for him, but RCB have a decent amount left in their wallet that can be spent on him.
In the IPL, Pat Cummins played for the KKR in 2014 and Delhi Daredevils in 2017. He has picked 17 wickets in 16 IPL matches with an average of 29.35 and economy of 8.29. Pat Cummins is priced at Rs 2 Crore.