3 Players RCB can buy in IPL 2020 Auction: The SportsRush present before you three names who might come good for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
You will seldom find a team across sports which comprises of bountiful fans despite not winning a single title in 12 years. Captain Virat Kohli, who is a major reason behind the fan-following, will once again take the field with both his eyes desperately on the trophy.
RCB are among the three IPL teams which have played the tournament since its inception in 2008 but are yet to lift a title. Having released 11 players, Bangalore have hinted at going all out at the auction. With a budget of INR 27.90 crore in their purse, one expects them to build a solid squad.
Considering West Indies batsman Shimron Hetmyer’s current form, the franchise might be regretting their decision of releasing him. With the southpaw likely to start a bidding war, it will be interesting to see if RCB joins other teams to buy him.
Currently having 13 players with them including only two overseas players, expect Royal Challengers to be supremely active under the guidance of coach Mike Hesson during the auction in Kolkata on December 19.
3 Players RCB can buy in IPL 2020 Auction
RCB usually have stellar names in their batting lineup. However, it is their bowlers who have either conceded too many runs or failed to defend the runs scored by their batsmen. In clear know-how of the same, the think tank will surely be eyeing an outright overseas fast bowler.
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In such a scenario, Bangalore should look no farther than Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins. Already comprising of the Indian contingent of Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini and Mohammed Siraj, 26-year old Cummins can complete the fast bowling lineup as its leader.
In 25 T20Is, Cummins has picked 32 wickets at an average of 20.12, an economy rate of 6.77 and a strike rate of 17.8. It is worth mentioning that Cummins can contribute well down the order with the bat as well.
Talking about the batsmen, Royal Challengers are most likely to zero in on at least one overseas top-notch batsman. The likes of Aaron Finch, Chris Lynn and Jason Roy should grab the franchise’s attention.
Out of the aforementioned and other likely prospects, Finch seems to the best option given the experience he brings along with him. Currently leading Australia and Melbourne Renegades, the 33-year old player can be utilized in multiple roles.
Having scored 8,440 runs in 272 T20s at an average of 35.76 and a strike rate of 143.92 including seven centuries and 56 half-centuries, Finch is undoubtedly among the best top-order batsmen in this format and should be able to yield favourable results for RCB.
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Not among the many much-discussed T20 all-rounders across the globe, West Indies all-rounder Fabian Allen can prove to be ideal bowling all-rounder for RCB in IPL 2020.
Another of those players who did well in the Caribbean Premier League earlier this year, Allen scoring 218 runs at an average of 27.25 and a strike rate of 177.23 is a significant achievement for a lower middle-order batsman. Having represented West Indies in 12 ODIs and 11 T20Is, Allen might just get to play his maiden season of the IPL this season.
Playing for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Allen played a vital role in two of their victories. While Allen scored 37* (15) with the help of five fours and two sixes during a successful 242-run chase against Jamaica Tallawahs, he scored an unbeaten 62 (27) with the help of seven fours and three sixes in another winning effort against the same opposition.
With Allen being a bowling all-rounder despite being underused in this tournament, he is an idle cricketer who contributes across departments. His left-arm spin can turn out to be more than just handy in the Indian conditions.