IPL 2019: 5 Unsold players who could have helped RCB qualify for the playoffs

IPL 2019: 5 Unsold players who could have helped RCB qualify for the playoffs

These players should've been picked by RCB in the auction and they definitely would've played well.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The 12th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) is coming to an end with four teams – Mumbai Indians (MI), Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Delhi Capitals (DC) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) qualifying for the playoffs. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), the IPL team with one of the largest fan base, crashed out once again in the league stage. With five wins from 14 games, RCB finished at the last position ahead of the playoffs.

There were no quality Indian all-rounders, the middle order was weak and bowlers were leaking runs at the death. There were a few impressive individual performances by AB De Villiers and the Skipper Virat Kohli with both scoring 442 and 464 runs respectively in the tournament. But the team, as a whole, did not perform well.

The dismal performance by the RCB franchise has raised several questions on team management. Over dependency on Virat Kohli and ABD has yet again backfired on them. Notably, there were a few mistakes made by the team management in the selection of players as many unsold players who could have done a much better job were not selected.

Here we bring you the list of 5 Unsold players who could have helped RCB to qualify for the playoffs:

1. Manoj Tiwary

Manoj Tiwari of Rising Pune Supergiants
Manoj Tiwary of Rising Pune Supergiant. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Manoj Tiwary was once considered as the next big thing in the Indian Cricket but unfortunately, he could not make it big due to lack of opportunities. He has been a part of 10 IPL seasons and his experience would have been gold dust for RCB. Unfortunately, the right-handed batsman from Bengal failed to find any buyers for a base price of Rs 50 lakhs.

Instead, RCB bought Shivam Dube for a whopping Rs 5 crores and didn’t give him enough chances. Another Indian batsman Akshdeep Nath also could not set the stage on fire. The team lacked a quality Indian batsman in the middle-order. Manoj Tiwary could have been an ideal choice for that role as he has the ability to consolidate and also to use the long handle.

He played the role of the finisher for the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant but surprisingly has fallen off the radar since the 2017 season. He played for Kings XI Punjab last year but no team showed interest in him this season.