IPL 2020: 3 best buys at the auction for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)
RCB managed to seal a couple of good deals in the auction, the most noticeable of which was the Aussie opener, Aaron Finch.
Published - Dec 20, 2019 2:00 pm | Updated - Feb 17, 2020 1:59 pm
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) had a decent budget going into the IPL 2020 auction, but they had a few key and major pain points that they were trying to address. With 27.9 crores in their pocket, they were looking for a bowling all-rounder who can complement Moeen Ali in the middle-order, an overseas fast bowler and a back-up keeper for Parthiv Patel.
While they managed to seal a couple of good deals in the auction, the most noticeable of which was the Aussie opener, Aaron Finch, they would still be a little disappointed with their overall work. They certainly could have bolstered their squad by including some young uncapped players who largely went unsold at the mini-auction.
RCB couldn’t get the right kind of fast bowlers they needed to fill the loopholes in their bowling- an area that has haunted them and their ardent fans all these years. They needed fast bowlers who could bowl yorkers rather than those who bowls good length and mostly rely on variations. But, all the three overseas fast bowlers they ended up buying fall in the second category.
One gets the notion that they could have tried harder to get either Sheldon Cottrell or Patt Cummins who could have sorted their death bowling woes. But from his brief stint in IPL 2019, Dale Steyn proved to be the leader of the attack that RCB missed. Under him, the likes of Mohammad Siraj and Navdeep Saini flourished. So it’s a positive sign that Steyn is back in their squad for IPL 2020.
Here’s looking at the 3 best buys at the players’ auction for Royal Challengers Bangalore:
1. Dale Steyn (South Africa)
It can be argued that Dale Steyn is someone who is at the fag end of his career as a fast bowler. With age not being on his side and injuries ruling him out of competitive cricket for the most part of 2019, it was a big doubt as to which franchise would opt to buy him. And it didn’t come as a big surprise when Dale Steyn went unsold in the first round of the auction.
It was when he was bought back in the second round of the Accelerated Auctions did RCB show interest and acquire him at his base price of 2 crores. Steyn’s best performance in MSL 2019 came when he took 2 for 4 in his opening spell, which included deceiving Dean Elgar with a slower ball and then he claimed the big fish, AB de Villiers, who top-edged in the dying stages of the Spartans innings. The speedster mentioned that it was an achievement of sorts for him to be able to dismiss ABD.
The 15 wickets Steyn took at 15.13 contributed to him now having his best T20 average since 2012. His ability to strike upfront and operate at the death could serve a dual purpose for RCB in IPL 2020. He would need to take on the mantle of being the leader of the bowling attack and guide the other bowlers to deliver and maintain composure under pressure situations at the death overs.
This purchase by RCB at the last minute is a very good one, something that the team required. Steyn at full fitness even now can pose a huge threat both at the beginning and at the death overs.