5 Worst signings by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL history
RCB presented these players with elusive contracts but they never defined their role in the side and even the players failed to adjust to the team's requirements.
Published - Sep 19, 2019 2:34 pm | Updated - Sep 19, 2019 2:34 pm
It is fair to say that the Indian Premier League (IPL) is the most followed T20 League around the globe. Here the biggest of cricketing superstars charm the audience for 2 months. What makes this tournament even more entertaining is its unpredictability factor as all the teams have an equal amount of ammunition. Above all these franchises have a very strong fanbase which has immensely contributed to the success of this annual carnival.
Among the 8 regular participants, the team which has been always providing the fans with the edge of the seat thrillers is none other than the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). It has been home to some of the iconic personalities of the gentlemen’s game. Their brand of cricket has been invariably increasing the aura of this yearly event. However, their trophy cabinet is empty and it is because of some poor decisions the management has taken at the auction table.
Here is the list of 5 worst signings by RCB in IPL history:
1) Dinesh Karthik
Back in 2014 when the Bangalore franchise finished just above the wooden spoon holders, many changes were expected to take place in the squad. So after releasing Yuvraj Singh, they went into the auction eyeing for an experienced middle-order batsman. Finally, the RCB managed to bag Dinesh Karthik who wasn’t enjoying his stint with the Delhi side.
The Tamil Nadu cricketer has regularly hit jackpot in the IPL. The keeper-batsman has played for as many as 6 teams in the league. When in full-flow Karthik can be unstoppable and his stroke-making might have caught the attention of RCB team management. They shelled out Rs 10.5 crore for him and his paycheque was higher than AB de Villiers.
At first, Dinesh seemed a perfect choice for the small boundaries and true surface of Chinnaswamy stadium. Unfortunately, he could muster only 141 runs despite playing all of 16 matches. He got his chances at every possible batting position in the top six but never crossed the 30-run mark. Once again, like in his international career, he failed to utilize his opportunities and found himself in the auction pool after a horrendous run.