Top 5 players who could see the exit door from the RCB 2019 squad
Royal Challengers Bangalore had a forgettable Indian Premier League when they competed in the last edition of the tournament.
As the next edition of this premium tournament just a few months away, we take a look at how their team this time around shapes up with the IPL offline transfer window in full swing right now. RCB haven’t even won this tournament despite having one of the strongest squads year after year.
In this article, we will take a look at the five players who could be released by the RCB team management ahead of the auctions probably taking place in mid-December this year in Goa.
Sarfaraz Khan carries the tag of the youngest debutant in the history of the Indian Premier League. He debuted for the Royal Challengers in 2015 and announced himself in an emphatic manner with the bat. He was their slog overs specialist for a couple of years.
Sarfaraz missed the whole season of the tournament in 2017 because of an injury and that’s when his downfall started. Though RCB retained him for the next season, he was in a poor run of form and disappointed the whole team management. This is why we think that he could be released in the search of another uncapped solid batsman.
The legendary former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum has been a phenomenon when it comes to the T20 cricket all around the world. Right from the format’s invention, he has been a prolific devastating batsman in the leagues all around the world. But his form has been horrific in the last year or so. He has been struggling in IPL for RCB as well as in other T20 leagues.
Bangalore has already secured the services of Parthiv Patel as a wicket-keeping specialist top order batsman. So, they don’t really need the former New Zealand great’s services behind the stumps. And considering the huge price money which they spend on him, they will be planning to release him this time around.
The young rookie left-arm fast bowler was a hot property couple of years ago, but not the case right now. Kulwant Khejroliya has been a disappointment when it comes to IPL. He was in Mumbai for a year but didn’t even play a single game. And last year for RCB, he played only three games but thrashed by the batsmen all over the park.
Bangalore will surely look for a better young domestic bowler who can assist them this year as their bowling has always been their weakest link.
Probably one of the greatest bowlers of New Zealand and one of the best swing bowler around the world at the moment, Tim Southee finds himself in a tricky situation when it comes to IPL. He hasn’t been up to his potential in this tournament. His injury-prone nature and considerably high price tag are against the odds for him.
Though the IPL is most probably going to take place in South Africa this year. But still, Southee’s ordinary form with the ball in last year’s IPL edition might tempt Bangalore to release him ahead of the upcoming season.
The left-arm orthodox spinner or you can say a spin all-rounder Pawan Negi grabbed everyone’s attention when Delhi Daredevils picked him up for a whopping 8 crore plus deal in 2016 edition. Though he flopped n that edition due to ultra-high expectations from him, he revived his IPL career the following season in RCB dugout.
The real problem for Negi started in the last season when RCB used right-to-match to get him back on the roaster but eventually found him out of their team plans. They played him in just two matches last time around. That’s the reason he is on this list.