Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will have to continue their thrilling revival in the IPL 2019 without the services of inform Moeen Ali, who had played his final game of the season against Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday.
The all-rounder has flown back home and will join the England team as they prepare for an ODI series against Pakistan in the lead up to the forthcoming ICC Cricket World Cup.
Moeen has been among the few players of the RCB who have done decently this season, scoring 220 runs from 11 matches at a modest average of 27.50 but staggering strike-rate of 165 plus.
Bought for Rs 1.7 crore, Moeen scored two fifties with the highest score of 66 against Kolkata Knight Riders. It was only his second IPL after making debut in 2018 and the second stint was more productive than the first.
We’ll miss you, Mo!
The 31-year-old Moeen has been playing for England since 2014 and in 58 Tests, 92 ODIs and 25 T20Is so far, he has scored over 4,000 runs and claimed 270 wickets. Owner of eight international hundreds, Moeen has been picked both for the Pakistan series as well as the World Cup and will be one of England’s key player at the showpiece event.
RCB expressed its regret over losing Moeen for the rest of the IPL 2019 and posted a tweet saying the beard (as the cricketer sports one) was loved by Namma Chinnaswamy.
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) April 25, 2019
RCB will now probably have to rely on Kiwi all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme and hope he find his big-hitting touch to make up for the loss of Ali.