3 Pakistan Super League (PSL) stars who couldn’t make it big at Royal Challengers Bangalore
These players, despite proving their credentials in various T20 Leagues across the globe failed to create much of an impact during their stints with the three-time runners-up.
Updated - Mar 21, 2020 11:21 am
Royal Challengers Bangalore have been unlucky not to have won the IPL title so far despite coming close on three occasions having finished as the runners-up in 2009, 2011 and 2016. Considered as the batting powerhouse of IPL, RCB currently holds the record for the highest team total in the league’s history (263-5)- the feat they achieved against the now-defunct Pune Warriors India during 2013 IPL.
While the current squad comprises top stars like skipper Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn, several legendary domestic as well overseas players like Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Wasim Jaffer, Jacques Kallis, Kevin Pietersen and Ross Taylor have donned the jersey over the years. One notable player though has been Universe Boss Chris Gayle who despite coming in as a replacement signing during 2011 IPL went on to establish himself as one of the vital cogs in the RCB XI.
But there are players who have had forgettable outing during their stints with the Bangalore-based outfit over the years. These players, despite proving their credentials in various T20 Leagues across the globe failed to create much of an impact during their stints with the three-time runners-up.
On that note, let us look at three top Pakistan Super League (PSL) stars who couldn’t make it big at Royal Challengers Bangalore:
1. Rilee Rossouw
Rossouw who began his PSL career in 2017 has been a consistent performer with the willow in the league having amassed 939 runs in 38 matches. The 30-year-old who played three seasons for Quetta Gladiators (2017-2019) moved to Multan Sultans ahead of season five. In one of the league games against his former franchise Quetta Gladiators, Rossouw registered the fastest century in the history of PSL having reached the three-figure mark off just 43 balls.
Scored at an astonishing strike-rate of 227.27, his record-breaking knock included ten fours and six sixes. The Bloemfontein-born batsman who has also played in Bangladesh Premier League and the Vitality T20 Blast has made a mark with his impressive batting in those T20 league as well. But he failed to make it big during his stint in the IPL with Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Rossouw who came in as a replacement to the injured Aussie batsman Nic Maddinson during 2014 IPL played two seasons for RCB (2014 and 2015). It did not turn out to be a memorable outing for him as he managed just 53 runs in five appearances across those two editions. Despite proving his credentials in other T20 leagues, the explosive southpaw is yet to return to the IPL having found no buyers at the auctions.