IPL 2020: Three key factors RCB should consider in the upcoming auctions
The Kannada slogan ‘Ee Sala Cup Namde’, which means this time the cup belongs to us, has become the motto of the IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). They have never lifted the IPL trophy but have come tantalizingly close in three finals.
The auction for the 13th season of Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to take place in Kolkata on 19th December. Each team can buy a maximum of 8 foriegn players, but only 4 are allowed to be a part of the playing XI.
RCB have created room by releasing many players before the auction which definitely means a revamp is on the cards.
Here are the three factors RCB should consider in the upcoming auction:
Bowling attack: Royal Challengers Bangalore have always had a good batting line up.In fact they have got the two top notch batsmen in Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in the top order who can anchor the innings and set the tempo. The team’s weakness have always been their bowling.
Now that they have retained Mohammad Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, and Yuzvendra Chahal. The exciting bunch of Indians should take care of around 15 overs in the match. But there is definitely room for one or two lethal bowlers, especially pacers, to come into the side. There will be a consolidated focus on buying overseas pace bowlers in the auction because the retained Indian Pacers aren’t white ball specialists.
Even though Coulter Nile was released, RCB can think of buying him back for a cheaper price.
Getting experienced batsmen: Previous seasons have been testimony to how important ABD and Kohli are the batting unit. Once they get out, the batting collapses.
RCB have only retained Virat, Parthiv Patel, ABD and Devdutt Padikkal as their batsmen. Shivam Dube and Gurkeerat Singh are the Indian all-rounders who remain from last season’s squad. Parthiv remains the only experienced Indian batsmen around Kohli and it will be important for RCB to get good batsmen into the lineup. Some like a Glenn Maxwell will be a great addition to the middle order of the Bengaluru team who can then shift de Villiers higher up the order.Yusuf Pathan might be another Indian option to add firepower in the finishing stages.
Getting back Uthappa
RCB have no back up wicket keeper with Parthiv Patel the only wicket keeper in their ranks. ABD as a backup would be a wrong choice because there’s already too much on his plate and this can also increase the risk of injury. Hence Robin Uthappa as a back-up wicket keeper would be a good option.
Meanwhile, Uthappa has been playing at the Chinnaswamy stadium all his life as a Bangalore boy. He won’t be faced by the crowd and considering the fact the RCB are in need of experienced Indian batsmen, a hard hitter like Uthappa will not be a wrong choice.
The fanbase of RCB is huge and loyal. The last two seasons have been disastrous for RCB, but still #ESCN (Ee Sala Cup Namde) slogan is still up on all their whatsapp stories and social media touch points. With a budget of 27.90 crores and six overseas vacancies to fill, RCB should definitely focus on at least one strong batsman, one all rounder and one pacer. Spending more on the big fishes might work in favour of IPL’s perennial underachievers.