IPL 2020 Auctions: 5 players Royal Challengers Bangalore should target
It's an enigma that Royal Challengers Bangalore have failed to win the Indian Premier League in twelve different seasons despite having a star-studded squad in almost every one of them.
Virat Kohli has led the Indian team to the top of Test rankings but has failed to reproduce the same with his IPL franchise. Continuous failures in stopping the run flow of the opposition is a major criticism of the Kohli-led Bangalore side. Last season, young names like Shivam Dube, Shimron Hetmyer, Prayas Barman etc. who were bought for heavy prices under-performed and the experienced players had to take all the burden on their back.
Ahead of this season, Royal Challengers Bangalore have released a lot of players in order to revamp their squad. They have released some star names in Colin de Grandhomme, Dale Steyn, Tim Southee, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Marcus Stoinis and Shimron Hetmyer.
Here is how the squad looks currently before the auctions
Squad: Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Gurkeerat Singh, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Parthiv Patel, Pawan Negi, Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal
RCB can add a maximum of 12 players, six overseas and six domestic with their available purse of Rs. 27.9 Crores.
Also see – Ranji points table
Here are five players the franchise should go for to fill the empty puzzle pieces in their squad.
#1 Chris Lynn
Since the departure of Chris Gayle, RCB have looked a shadow of the side they were when the Caribbean powerhouse went out to open every innings alongside Virat Kohli.
Chris Lynn is a direct replacement for his namesake, he bats in the same position with the same flair and style as Gayle did during his prime. Kolkata Knight Riders released the Australian power-hitter despite him crossing 400 runs in both the previous seasons of the Indian Premier League.
Lynn likes to goes after the bowlers in the powerplay overs and that would ideally suit Virat Kohli as the skipper would be able to build his game and set himself on the crease in the first few overs.