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IPL 2020: 3 Players RCB shouldn’t have released

The Virat Kohli-led unit could have been a bit more thoughtful before letting these players go.

Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore. (Photo: IANS)

The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is one of the teams, who are yet to win the Indian Premier League (IPL). Last time around, the side, captained by Virat Kohli, started with six hefty defeats on the trot. Out of the last 8 matches, the Red Army won 5 of them, but it was already way too late by the time they started peaking.

In the end, RCB finished as the cellar dwellers yet another time. In order to prepare new combinations for the upcoming edition, the Challengers have released as many as 12 players going into the auction on December 19 and have a purse of INR 27.90 crores.

In fact, the franchise has only retained two overseas stars in AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali. In the meantime, RCB also freed a few players, who could have gone on and helped them in turning around their wretched fortunes in the tournament.

In the article, let’s take a look at three players RCB shouldn’t have let go off:-

Colin de Grandhomme

Colin de Grandhomme
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Colin de Grandhomme in action. (Photo by IANS)

Colin de Grandhomme doesn’t have numbers to boast off in the IPL. In 25 matches, the New Zealander has 303 runs at 18.93 with a mere 6 wickets to his name. In 2017, the Zimbabwe-born turned up for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) where he played 12 matches.

The all-rounder was released in the next season and the RCB got his services at a reasonable amount of INR 2.20 crores. Even for the Challengers, barring a few 30s and 40s, De Grandhomme was off the mark for most times. He was also not used much as a bowler.

At a time when his utility was questioned, he churned out scores of 44 and 59 in tough conditions during the T20Is in Sri Lanka. Both the knocks came in winning causes. Lately, Grandhomme got a quick-fire 33-ball 55 versus England and has been on top of his game.

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