3 Players which Royal Challengers Bangalore should release: Sportsrush presents before you three names which RCB should release soon.
Having sold South Africa wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock to Mumbai Indians a couple of days ago, Royal Challengers Bangalore became the first team to sell off a player in the ongoing trade window of the IPL (Indian Premier League).
If reports are to be believed, it will be the first time this year that the IPL auction will not be held in Bengaluru. The much-awaited process is highly likely to be held in Goa on December 16.
The reason why the auction is taking place early than usual is because the next season of the IPL will also commence in the last week of March due to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The General Elections in the country are all in likeliness of taking the tourney overseas (South Africa, most likely).
With six wins in 14 matches last year, RCB finished at No. 6 in the points table. Having released de Kock, expect them to make some other changes to their squad in a bid to win their maiden IPL title this season. Below are three names which CSK would be wanting to release:
Ahead of the auction last year, the 20-year old right-hand batsman was retained by RCB in astounding circumstances. The decision costed them INR 3 crore with minimal returns.
In the seven matches that Sarfaraz played this season, he scored a paltry 51 runs at an average of 10.20 and a strike rate of 124.39. Having missed the recently concluded season of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, the concerned individuals would be unaware about his current form as well.
Given the amount which RCB will be reimbursed by letting Sarfaraz go, they can certainly look to buy a better middle-order batsman for it is a department which has been letting them down for some years now.
The 27-year old all-rounder from New Zealand played only three matches in the last season. With the bat, he scored 17 runs at an average of 5.66 and a strike rate of 77.27. With the ball in hand, he picked up three wickets at an average of 38.33, an economy rate of 13.26 and a strike rate of 17.33.
Currently leading New Zealand A on their tour of UAE, Anderson has scored 38 runs in three matches. That being said, he was in phenomenal form during the Vitality Blast earlier this year. With 514 runs in 16 matches at an average of 42.83 and a strike rate of 169.07, Anderson was the fifth-highest run-scorer of the tournament.
It is worth mentioning that Anderson hardly bowled in the Vitality Blast. If RCB are looking for an all-rounder in Anderson, they might as well release him given his knack of not bowling due to injuries in the recent times.
With complete emotional detachment with what Brendon McCullum has done in the past, it might be the right decision to release him for this season. RCB had played McCullum in six matches last season, where he scored 127 runs at an average of 21.16 and a strike rate of 144.31.
Playing for Kandahar Knights in the ongoing Afghanistan Premier League, McCullum has scored 158 runs in eight matches at an average of 19.75 and a strike rate of 105.33.
There is no hiding to the fact that McCullum is no more the force that he used to be. In such circumstances, batting him at the top of the order can be a tricky ask.
Read some of the recent Twitter reactions on Royal Challengers Bangalore below:
The Royal Challengers Bangalore has sold Quinton de Kock to Mumbai Indians for ₹2.8 crores.#StumpMic #cricket #sport #india #teamindia #trending #socialmedia #viral #T20 #ViratKohli #Bollywood #BB12 #INDvWI #PUBG #MSDhoni #RohitSharma #Dhoni #MSD #MumbaiIndians #MI #RCB #IPL pic.twitter.com/idnmTs0dDX
— StumpMic Cricket (@stumpmic_) October 20, 2018
Mumbai Indians buy @QuinnyDeKock69 from Royal Challengers Bangalore
— CricketCountry (@cricket_country) October 20, 2018
He had a decent season with the Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2018. https://t.co/crkAlv5xyD
— InternationalCricket (@icfanpagefb) October 20, 2018
Here’s why the move might work in favour of both the franchises Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore https://t.co/bXv9W3Z9UJ
— Sportskeeda Cricket (@SK__Cricket) October 20, 2018