Royal Challenger Bangalore, the team packed with big names but still yet to win the cup in 10 years. Despite Virat Kohli, Ab De Villiers, Chris Gayle, Mitchell Starc and Shane Watson in the team, RCB remained the most unpredictable team of the tournament.
RCB is yet to perform collectively well in the IPL, they either bowled well or batted well in the tournament and that has kept them away from the cup so far.
If anyone has given surprise to all the cricket pundits in the retention event then it has to be Royal Challengers Bangalore. After the sure choices of Indian skipper Virat Kohli and ‘Mr. 360’ AB De Villiers, RCB bowled a “doosra” with Sarfaraz Khan. Indian uncapped player Sarfaraz didn’t play the last tournament in spite of the RCB’s poor show and they spent 1.75 crores on him.
Now having each player from capped Indian, uncapped Indian and overseas, they do have options left for the category but what will be their top picks from the options available? Let’s have a look at them.
The leg-spinner is definitely one of the very few finds of IPL to the Indian cricket. In the last year or so, Yuzi Chahal is the most evolved bowler and now a mainstay of Indian spin attack for the limited overs. Chahal bowled some great spells for RCB in previous seasons and his economy is commendable. The kind of trust Indian captain shows in him for the national side, he might be the first choice for the RCB in the auction.
Not retaining a talent like KL Rahul is beyond the ordinary cricketing brain but RCB have another chance to save the special and bring back him in the squad. KL Rahul can bat at any position from one to five also can keep the wickets especially in the shorter formats. Royal Challengers Bangalore don’t really have any other better options to use RTM card than the Karnataka lad. He can bring the stability in the batting line-up and then RCB can build the team around Virat, ABD and KL.