Gambhir lashes out at RCB for releasing 10 players ahead of IPL 2021 auction
Royal Challengers Bangalore are one of the three IPL teams who are yet to make a serious bid for the title since the 2008 edition of the IPL. They made it to the finals on three occasions but they failed to win any of the finals.
The red army lost to Chennai Super Kings, Deccan Chargers (now-defunct franchise), Sunrisers Hyderabad. They finished 4th in the points table last season but lost to David Warner’s SRH in the Eliminator. However, RCB haven’t given up on their hopes of challenging for the title.
They have completed clean-up process ahead of the new season as they released as many as 10 players, more than any other team. Kings XI Punjab are the other team that released 9 players ahead of the IPL 2021 auction.
The red army released the likes of Chris Morris, Shivam Dube, Aaron Finch, Umesh Yadav, Dale Steyn, Moeen Ali, Parthiv Patel, Pawan Negi, Isuru Udana and Gurkeerat Mann ahead of the upcoming auction.
They retained Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Navdeep Saini, Adam Zampa, Washington Sundar, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Kane Richardson, Pavan Deshpande, Joshua Philippe, Shahbaz Ahamad.
Gautam Gambhir takes a dig at RCB:
Meanwhile, former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir took a dig at Virat Kohli’s RCB for releasing 10 players ahead of the auction. According to the cricketer-turned-politician, RCB should have retained the services of Chris Morris for at least one more year. South African cricketer is someone who can offer all-round experience in franchise cricket.
“The biggest positive for RCB is that they have retained Mike Hesson and Simon Katich because I even had a doubt that they might release them as well. I don’t think Cameron Green has the experience of Chris Morris. Yes, you might have seen Cameron Green bowling at 135-140 kph but IPL is a completely different beast,” said Gautam Gambhir during the discussion on the Star Sports show Cricket Connected.
The former cricketer was also asked if it would be been right for RCB to risk INR 10 crores on Chris Morris, given his track record with injuries. In response, Gambhir came up with a valid explanation.
“For me, it would have been correct because you will not have an all-rounder like Chris Morris available in the market. How many like him do you have – Ben Stokes, Hardik Pandya and the franchises will never release these players. So, they could have stayed with Chris Morris for one more year and worked on his fitness,” said former Indian opener.
“I remember when I was in KKR, we used to pay extra attention to the fitness of players like Andre Russell because many times his body was also very fragile. So, they could have spoken to Chris Morris that he needs to keep himself fit and could have given him one more year. Now if you have let him go and think that you will get a replacement for him, I doubt it,” said Gambhir.