IPL 2021: AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli are two of the most popular players of Royal Challengers Bangalore.© BCCI / IPL
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will be one of the teams expected to be most active in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 players auction. The Bangalore franchise has the highest number of slots available: 13, of which four are foreign players. They also have the second largest wallet available (Rs 35.90 crore), after Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) which has a salary cap of Rs 53.20 crore. The upcoming players auction will be held in Chennai on February 18th.
Here’s an overview of the players RCB could buy:
Devdutt Padikkal was one of the top performers in IPL 2020 for the Bangalore franchise and emerged as one of the team’s top run-getters. Australian batsman Aaron Finch failed to make much of an impression, however, when the cricketer was released to the players auction. The English opener Alex Hales, who finished as the best lead in the recent edition of the Big Bash League (BBL), is perhaps one of the options considered. Liam Livingstone, who has previously appeared in Rajasthan Royals (RR), offers another alternative.
Middle rank appears to be dependent on AB de Villiers, following the decision to release Chris Morris, Shivam Dube and Gurkeerat Mann. The Bangalore-based franchise could target Australians Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell, to bring some toughness as well as firepower. Morris could be signed by RCB again for a lower amount.
Harbhajan Singh will be a good addition to the RCB spin attack led by Yuzvendra Chahal. Harbhajan’s experience will certainly make the spin attack consisting of Washington Sundar, and Chahal among the big names, much stronger.
The addition of Harshal Patel and Daniel Sams has brought some depth and variety to the tempo bowling attack. However, the release of Umesh Yadav and Dale Steyn will need to be backed up by some effective additions. Sheldon Cottrell, Mohit Sharma, Nathan Coulter-Nile may be suitable options to close the gaps.
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