IPL 2019: Three players RCB regret signing/releasing ahead of this season
- While these decisions were expected to bring RCB back on track, they massively backfired, leading to their early exit.
The Indian Premier League is about to enter the playoffs stage after an enthralling 56 games in the group stage. There were many thrills and surprises in store for the fans and one happy one was for the fans of the Delhi Capitals, who made it to the playoffs for the first time since 2012.
The teams will also start to know the results of their exploits at the auction and whether the deals have paid off or not. A few have been great while few have been receiving the flak. Players like Jonny Bairstow and Shikhar Dhawan have proved to be fruitful acquisitions for their sides.
Of the teams participating in the league, RCB had the worst season as they were the first team to be knocked out of the tournament. Their fans were let down and the expectations from fans will be pretty low considering that the side hasn't made it to the playoffs for three seasons in a row now.
Few of their decisions at the auction, team selections and questions over Virat Kohli's captaincy have come up and the team management must iron their brains to figure out what went wrong.
On that note, let's take a look at 3 players who RCB either regret signing or releasing ahead of this season.
#3 Sarfaraz Khan (Released)- Kings XI Punjab
Sarfaraz Khan attracted a lot of attention last season when he was one of three players retained by RCB ahead of the mega-auction last season. With the team having that much confidence in him, it was a surprise to see him let go ahead of this season after spending most of the season warming the bench.
He could manage only 51 runs in the 7 matches he played of which he got a batting chance only in 5 matches. While his stats were poor, they were so because he never got the time to settle down and often came in the last over where it was "hit out or get out". RCB releasing him seemed appropriate at the time but there may be a little regret right now.
Sarfaraz was backed by R Ashwin and co. at Kings XI Punjab where he found a spot in the middle order and scored 180 runs in 6 innings at a good strike-rate and played a mature and responsible hand in most of the games. He was however dropped for the sake of maintaining team balance and the momentum which he gained was lost.
RCB could've used a player who plays the unconventional shots while soaking up the pressure while batting at the middle order. They have been forced to play overseas players who have failed to deliver in the middle order and letting Sarfaraz go seems to be a wrong call.
While letting Sarfaraz Khan go won't be the biggest regret which RCB will have, seeing him perform well in an important role for another team would have made them think that they should have trusted his abilities more.
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