Five well-known players whose careers dwindled after leaving RCB
The Royal Challengers Bangalore is one of the most popular IPL franchises, with a fan base in millions. However, they still carry the rather inglorious honor of having never won the title, only one of three sides to carry the black mark.
Despite being so, the Bengaluru-based outfit has had some amazing players to feature for their side. Indian skipper and world-class batsman Virat Kohli has never played for another team, while Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Yuzvendra Chahal and so on have all played their best years of IPL cricket with RCB.
While Kohli, ABD, Chahal, and some others continue in the club, others like Manish Pandey, Sarfaraz Khan, Shane Watson and so on - who have excelled for RCB before, is no longer part of the side. While Watson went on to create a huge impact in CSK's title-winning run in the 2018 IPL, not all have been equally successful after leaving Bangalore.
In this particular article, we will take a peek into the IPL careers of some cricketers who have had below-par IPL careers since their departure from RCB.
1. Ross Taylor (New Zealand)
Ross "Roaring" Taylor, as he is fondly known among cricketing circles in his home country, is undoubtedly one of the finest batsmen that the Kiwis have ever produced. Taylor is also their highest century-maker in ODIs, and his marvelous flexibility across formats makes him an asset to the game.
Taylor joined RCB in the first ever IPL season in 2008 and continued on until the end of the 2010 season. He also captained the side in a few games in 2009, when they eventually became tournament runners-up. In the three seasons he played there, Taylor scored 517 runs at a brisk strike rate of 142.03, in 22 matches. His highest score was 81*.
Taylor was released by RCB in 2011, and things haven't gone too well with the Kiwi star since. In the past eight years, Taylor has played just 33 games across four seasons, scoring 500 at a strike rate of 109.17, including a best knock off 55. He played for Rajasthan in 2011, Delhi in 2012, Pune Warriors (now defunct) in 2013 and was back at Delhi in 2014.
A continuous dismal run meant that Taylor remained unsold in IPL auctions since 2014. He had also chosen not to enter in the auctions of the past three years, and it looks like his IPL career has reached an impasse.