5 blunders made by franchises during IPL Auctions
The decisions have turned out to be costly for the franchises.
Updated - Oct 5, 2019 2:50 pm
RCB not using Right to Match for KL Rahul in 2018
KL Rahul was first tipped as a Test batsman. However, all it took was one season for him to change his image as a white-ball player. Before 2016, Rahul played 25 games across three seasons and never really got going. In 2013, he was with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) before moving to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for a couple of seasons.
However, in 2016, he was back at RCB and he was batting in the shadows of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. The Karnataka batsman silently scored runs and got the job done in the middle-order (largely at No. 4). He was one of the unsung heroes in RCB’s run to the final. Rahul didn’t play the 2017 season due to a shoulder injury.
Ahead of the mega auctions in 2018, RCB did not retain the Karnataka lad as they opted to go for Sarfaraz Khan as their third retention (after Kohli and De Villiers). He went at a price of INR 11 crore in the auction and RCB didn’t use their Right to Match (RTM) card as Kings XI Punjab snaffled him.
In the last two seasons, RCB’s batting has struggled and Rahul has bloomed in KXIP colours and has had a couple of excellent seasons. Hence, it may be one of the regrets that may be haunting RCB at the moment.