Transfer Window Overview
Retained: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pawan Negi, Mohammed Siraj, Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya
Released: Brendon McCullum, Corey Anderson, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Quinton de Kock, Chris Woakes
Traded: Marcus Stoinis from KXIP for Mandeep Singh
Salary cap available: ₹ 18.15 cr
Available slots: 10 (Indian 8, Overseas 2)
Royal Challengers Bangalore struggled to discover their form since the last two seasons of the IPL. After the high of reaching the finals in 2016, the Virat Kohli-led team finished eighth and sixth in 2017 and 2018 editions respectively.
In the transfer window, RCB decided to part ways with the most established players like Brendon McCullum, Quinton de Kock, Corey Anderson, Mandeep Singh, Chris Woakes and Sarfraz Khan before the auction. This thus means that the Bangalore-based team will be in the market for middle-order batsmen and an all-rounder.
We shortlist five players that Royal Challengers Bangalore should buy in the upcoming 2019 IPL auctions.
#1. Carlos Brathwaite
If there is one foreign name that has featured continuously in our ‘top 5’ analysis, he is fiery all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite. The West Indian has tonnes of T20 experience since he has played in most of the private leagues around the world. He could prove to be a depth to the lower order, from where he could see off some big hits and late cameos. Carlos could come handy with the ball as well. In the four matches that he got for SRH, he scalped 5 wickets, thus putting forward his case.
#2. Ishank Jaggi
Ishank Jaggi was released by the Kolkata Knight Riders having not being given a single game to play last year. However, he can be a good and economical addition to the RCB side. Jaggi is a proven opener in the domestic circle and could open the innings as well. In fact, he could also be brought in at number three with AB de Villiers coming at number four.
#3. Manoj Tiwary
Even though Royal Challengers Bangalore have enough firepower through foreign players, they are in need of some smart Indian additions in the batting line-up. One of those players for them could be Manoj Tiwary.
The veteran batsman had anything but great IPL with the Kings XI Punjab last season. Nonetheless, the right-hander has a vast trove of experience. He has time and again demonstrated his composure in crunch situations throughout his IPL career. He would be a smart buy for RCB.
#4. Shimron Hetmyer
Another fiery West Indian, Shimron Hetmyer’s stock skyrocketed after the team’s India tour. He could instantly strengthen Royal Challenger Bangalore’s middle order. The 21-year-old, who made his T20 debut in 2016, has already scored 498 runs in 18 matches. He reached that figure with an average of 31.12.
During the ODI series against India, his class was on full display, as he scored 106 and 94 in the first two matches of the series. A must buy for RCB.
#5. Daniel Christian
Last but not the least, Daniel is another fast bowling all-rounder RCB should train their eyes on after having released Corey Anderson.
Daniel Christian, who plied his trade with Delhi Daredevils up until now, can play the role with elan.
He has been in spectacular form this season, having scored 696 runs and picked up 25 wickets in 33 matches. An added advantage is his vast IPL experience, having played in the league since 2011.