IPL 2020 Auction: 5 players Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) can target
The Virat Kohli-led side has often been guilty of buying players for big, hefty pay-cheques.
Updated - Dec 14, 2019 12:36 pm
Ahead of the IPL auction for the 2020 season, it was a complete cleanout for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). They released as many as 12 players, including six overseas stars. The likes of Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Colin de Grandhomme, Akshdeep Nath and the others have been left out.
The Virat Kohli-led side has often been guilty of buying players for big, hefty pay-cheques and either not using them well or releasing them after one season. RCB need to have a settled team and back their players. It’s one particular area where they’ve been found out.
Thus, going into the auction, they have INR 27.9 crore and have a maximum of 12 slots to fill up. But they can go big for a couple of overseas players as they have six overseas slots to be filled. Hence, with the auction not even a week away, let’s look at five players RCB can target:
It was only a year and a half ago that Sam Curran made his international debut and he had an impact straight away. He was the game-changer for England against India in the Test series and ever since, he’s been rated pretty highly. He has only recently started getting picked in the England white-ball teams but he was one of the most attractive players in the auction last year.
The left-handed all-rounder was bought for a stunning amount of INR 7.2 crore by Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). Curran played nine games in the IPL and scored 95 runs at a strike-rate of 172.73. He picked up 10 wickets as well but was on the expensive side.
Curran has the ability to make an impact with both bat and ball and RCB will be looking out for such players. In fact, even last year, they went after Curran and backed out at the last minute to let KXIP win the bid. Thus, he could be one of the targets this year again.