Former India opener Gautam Gambhir believes that Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will seek someone like Glenn Maxwell in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 Auction. The 32-year-old was released by Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) after a poor 2020 season. Bought by KXIP ahead of the 2020 edition, he managed to score 108 runs in 13 games. The all-rounder was also only able to handle three wickets all season. Gambhir feels someone like the Australian T20 specialist could take the pressure off Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. Maxwell is also known for his great hitting skills in T20 cricket.
“They will probably be looking at someone like Glenn Maxwell, as they have to take a lot of pressure off Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers,” Gambhir said during a speech on Star Sports’ show ‘Cricket Connected’.
Gambhir also believes that Kohli could open for RCB with Devdutt Paddikal, and that acquiring someone like Maxwell in the IPL 2021 Auction will be an important task for management.
“If I also look at the combination, Virat Kohli would try to open the batter, that’s what I think. I’m not sure, that’s up to the management and Virat Kohli himself, if he wants to, but yeah, he’s more appropriate to open the at bat. And he will open with Devdutt Paddikal and then you have AB de Villiers, “Gambhir said.
“You want someone like an X factor, like Maxwell, and at Chinnaswamy Stadium, where it’s flat and small, so he can have that impact. So probably they’ll look at someone like Maxwell,” Gambhir joked.
The winner of the 2011 Cricket World Cup also believes that RCB should not have released Umesh Yadav and Moeen Ali. Gambhir explained that the team does not have quality players in the bowling department, saying: “They need some good players because they have let go of some good players – Moeen Ali and Umesh Yadav for example.
“There aren’t many fast bowlers in the Indian circuit right now. You have Navdeep Saini who is young, you have someone like Mohammed Siraj, he can get hot and cold in T20 cricket, so he probably releases Umesh. Yadav was the one. great surprise, ”he added.
Gambhir said someone like Chris Morris and Kyle Jamieson could be good additions to the team.
“I think they should look at someone like Umesh Yadav, Kyle Jamieson and Chris Morris – these are the three players when they are looking for a target and can actually get them in the auction, which they will do because they have so much money Make the whole side look completely different, ”he said.
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