We bring you 3 probable options whom RCB can sack going into IPL 2019.
RCB are one of the most popular teams in the IPL. In ten seasons so far, it has been 3 times that RCB have ended as runners-up. They have also made the semi-finals once. However, many years have not gone their way and they have ended at the bottom of the points table.
A peak year for RCB came in 2016 when Kohli was in sublime form with the bat. AB de Villiers performed beautifully as well but the team unfortunately lost in the Finals. However, in 2017 Kohli was ruled out due to injury and RCB ended with the wooden spoon.
They came into IPL 2018 making a lot of changes in their squad expecting to get things underway. However, like other years, this year too did not prove too productive for the franchise.
The blame goes on some of their players who failed to shoulder responsibility. Here are 3 such players whom RCB can sack for next year’s IPL.
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RCB retained Virat Kohli ahead of the tournament this year. They also retained AB de Villiers which was again a no brainer. But guess the 3rd player they retained? It was Sarfaraz Khan. Missing out on the entire season in 2017 due to injury, the team management showed a lot of faith on the U-19 star.
On several occasions Kohli himself talked very highly of Sarfaraz but clearly he could not live up to the expectations. In the limited opportunities that Sarfaraz got, he failed to leave a mark.
Corey Anderson came in the side as a replacement for Nathan Coulter-Nile who got injured before the start of the tournament. Coulter-Nile was expected to be RCB’s lead pacer and his injury was a huge blow for them.
Surprisingly, Corey Anderson was named as his replacement. The RCB management had picked an all-rounder in place of a pacer and they were expecting 4 overs out of him which proved to be a bit too much.
Anderson had not played competitive cricket for a while and he was clearly lacking match fitness. He went for plenty in the slog overs and failed to come up with variations. With the bat as well, Corey Anderson could not do anything special.
There was a time when Pawan Negi was touted as the next big all-rounder in Indian cricket. Negi could use the long handle to good effect and also bowl slow left-arm orthodox. This is the reason why he was picked for 1 crore in this year’s auction. Not only this, RCB used an RTM for Negi.
Negi played in only two matches in which he managed just one wicket. His economy too was 12.25. With the bat as well, he could just score 3 runs. This has made it very hard for Virat to keep him in the team.