RCB Playing 11 IPL 2021: The Royal Challengers Bangalore spent a whopping INR 35.05 crore to buy eight players yesterday.
Indian Premier League franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore was determined to fill in a few gaps as they splurged INR 29.25 crore against two overseas all-rounders Glenn Maxwell and Kyle Jamieson at the IPL 2021 auction held in Chennai yesterday.
Despite spending a maximum of INR 84.65 crore, the Royal Challengers have the fewest players (22). That said, neither the amount of money spent nor the number of players purchased determines whether a team can lift the IPL Trophy or not. The same is decided by what the selected players do on a given day.
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RCB, which has been lacking in the lower-level batting and bowling department over the years, has appeared to fix both issues by including up to four foreign players who can contribute across departments. With these players able to end the innings on a high note, management is hoping they will turn the tables in the 2021 IPL.
RCB playing 11 IPL 2021
In the last season, the Royal Challengers’ first order revolved around opening first batsman Devdutt Paddikal. The likes of captain Virat Kohli, Aaron Finch, Josh Phillipe have opened the bat with the southpaw on several occasions. In this season, an ideal opening combination for Bangalore would be Paddikal-Kohli.
After scoring 508 points at an average and strike rate of 31.75 and 149.41 respectively in the recently concluded Big Bash League, Phillipe will enter the squad with plenty of support behind him.
However, playing Phillipe would prevent Bangalore from getting the most out of their versatile players abroad. If they play a foreign player at the top, they may face the same problem of not stepping up after Kohli and former South African captain AB de Villiers leave.
Knowing that the same would fall under unpopular opinion, the Royal Challengers should consider playing an Indian drummer at No.3. With them choosing fit domestic drummers such as Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar and Mohammed Azharuddeen, he is time for them to justify their selections by not playing these top notch drummers at No.6 or 7.
de Villiers, who will continue to be the focal point of their middle order, now has Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell to match fire with fire. Because enough has been said about what Maxwell can do and what he has done so far in the IPL, no need to discuss it. Considering his price, he will definitely be in their starting XI and let’s hope he doesn’t let his IPL squad down this time around.
With Kyle Jamieson another certainty, RCB will have to choose one between Daniel Sams and Daniel Christian as the XI’s fourth foreign player. In Sams, they will appreciate the cushion of a left arm stimulator. On the other hand, Christian will insist that he is a better drummer, very experienced and “successful” in this format.
Sign. Sealed. Delivered. ✅
– Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) February 19, 2021
With India Versatile Washington Sundar also in the mix, team management can rotate these Versatile as the need arises.
In Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj and Yuzvendra Chahal, the Royal Challengers have a trusted Indian trio currently playing for India and who will likely do wonders for their IPL squad. As has been the case in the past, Chahal’s four overs will be of the utmost importance, especially at Chinnaswamy Stadium (if the 2021 IPL is led in India).
Chahal, who has won many games for them with his timely wickets, will have Sundar and Maxwell to accompany him in the spin-bowling department.
Planned game XI – 1) Devdutt Paddikal 2) Virat Kohli (c) 3) Sachin Baby / Rajat Patidar 4) AB de Villiers (sem) 5) Glenn Maxwell 6) Washington Sundar 7) Kyle Jamieson 8) Daniel Sams 9) Navdeep Saini 10) Mohammed Siraj 11) Yuzvendra Chahal