Considering their performance and higher price tag, RCB should release these 3 players in search of a more balanced squad in the IPL 2020 trade window.
One of the most dynamic sides of the IPL, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are yet to get off the mark in terms of winning an IPL trophy.
The result of that is that they are always at the receiving end of the troll on social media. However, only RCB themselves and their leadership are to be blamed for that.
Nevertheless, as IPL enters its 13th year, RCB would have yet another attempt to end their dry run, and finally, get their hands on the trophy.
Before that, let’s quickly analyze their squad, and understand which players do not add any value to the squad, and should be released in search of a more balanced squad ahead of IPL 2020.
RCB SQUAD AHEAD OF IPL 2020 TRADE WINDOW:
Batsmen: Ab de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Himmat Singh, Shimron Hetmyer, Virat Kohli (C), Heinrich Klaasen (WK), and Parthiv Patel (WK).
All-rounders: Akhshadeep Nath, Gurkeerat Singh, Milind Kumar, Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Colin de Grandhomme, Marcus Stoinis, and Shivam Dube.
Bowlers: Yuzvendra Chahal, Prayas Barman, Dale Steyn, Kulwant Kejroliya, Mohammad Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Tim Southee, and Umesh Yadav.
The team looks good on paper with some gaps in the batting department. So, which players don’t add value to the team anymore, and are more of a liability? Let’s have a look.
#3: Pawan Negi | Price: INR 100L
In the pool of spin bowling all-rounders, RCB have three players in the form of Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, and Moeen Ali.
While Moeen Ali did well for RCB in IPL 2019, Washington Sundar has been into national team recognition for quite some time now.
On the other hand, Pawan Negi hasn’t had a good outing in IPL 2019. He scored only 9 runs from 7 matches, while he took only 3 wickets. Adding to that, he has also not played any cricket since representing RCB in IPL 2019.
So, why should RCB continue with Negi when he isn’t really adding any value to the team? Instead, RCB should release Negi in search of a good opener or a middle-order backup.
#2: Umesh Yadav | Price: INR 420L
After a superb IPL 2018, Umesh Yadav has had a completely opposite IPL 2019. He accounted for just 8 wickets from 11 outings at a disastrous average of 46.37, and an economy rate of 9.8.
Bought for a whopping 4.2 Cr., Umesh isn’t a preferred pacer in the playing XI anymore. Navdeep Saini is a raw talent as mentioned by Virat Kohli, and the likes of Dale Steyn and Mohammed Siraj are more likely to get a place in the 11 than him.
Having also not played much cricket since IPL 2019, It would be wise of RCB to trade him in search of a better opener.
#1: Marcus Stoinis | Price: INR 620L
This selection might surprise many, but Marcus Stoinis was a true ‘bits and pieces’ player for RCB in IPL 2019. He was neither good with the bat, nor with the ball. He scored only 211 runs from 10 matches and took only 2 wickets.
The only reason to retain Marcus Stoinis in the team could be his value with the bat. But, to be honest, he hasn’t done well with the bat for Australia either. In World Cup 2019, he scored only 87 runs from 7 innings at a bizarre average of 14.5.
A player who is bought for almost a million-dollar is expected to give better returns. It would be wise of RCB to release Marcus Stoinis, and instead, focus on bringing in a solid middle-order player as a cover for Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.
So, these are the players who Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) should in the IPL 2020 trade window.
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Adesh Kothari is the founder of AK4Tsay1 Cricalytics.
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