Middle Order | Virat Kohli, Ab de Villiers, Shivam Dube, Pawan Negi and Chris Morris
No marks for guessing that Virat Kohli and Ab de Villiers are the no.3 and no.4 batsmen in the RCB XI. They have been the biggest match-winners for the Bangalore team for years now.
Ab de Villiers is one batsman who, even after retirement is feared by the majority of the bowlers. He is a runaway match-winner and has been with RCB since the 2011 season of the IPL. For the past 8 seasons of the IPL, de Villiers has always hit the ball at a strike-rate well above 130, which is consistent and lethal.
In at 5 is the emerging Indian all-rounder Shivam Dube. After making his international debut in 2019, he is surely going to be a part of the RCB side. He is an explosive batsman and plays a decent role with the ball as well.
Pawan Negi could be the next best-fitted player in the Bangalore side. Pawan Negi is a slow-bowling all-rounder who is more of a bowler. However, with the bat, he is a pinch-hitter who can turn the match on his head, in a span of just 10-12 balls. He also fills in the spot of the uncapped player.
After Dube, comes the most expensive buy of RCB in this year's auction, Chris Morris. For INR 10 crores, they roped in the all-rounder from South Africa. For this price tag, Morris was tagged as a very expensive buy by many. After some outstanding seasons for Delhi Capitals, he has seen a dip in his pace and the blade on his bat has also gone blunt. It will be interesting to see how Morris performs in this season for his new team.Published 13 Feb 2020, 12:18 IST