IPL 2021: 3 RCB Players who might be benched for most of the season
The Challengers are yet to lay their hands on the coveted IPL trophy.
Updated - Apr 6, 2021 12:44 pm
The RCB is one of the strongest teams on paper. With mega stars like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Glenn Maxwell, they have the strongest middle order after MI. But since 2008, when it comes to their performance on the field, they have failed to win the trophy despite having some stalwarts in their setup.
The Bangalore-based franchise has managed to reach the finals in 2009, 2011, and 2016. But they have been unable to chase during crucial moments. One man who has been a part of the franchise since 2008 is Virat Kohli. Well, it looks like they have managed to accumulate their best squad this time.
However, it is difficult for a domestic player to make it to the squad. With an already packed playing eleven, it is likely that few players will get a chance to showcase their talent. To be honest, we should not write them off, because Kohli is well known to give unknown faces a chance.
In the article, let us take a look at 3 RCB players, who might warm the bench for most of the IPL season:
1. Srikar Bharat
Srikar Bharat’s cricketing career has been quite extraordinary. He started as a ball boy and ended up as the first wicketkeeper to score a triple century in Ranji Trophy. Without any doubt, he is the backup wicketkeeper for the RCB franchise. But, with ABD in the squad, it is less likely that he will make it to the playing eleven.
He made his first-class debut for Andhra against Kerala as a 19-year-old player. Bharat is still one of the most consistent run-scorers for his home side since the last few years. Talking about his technical skills, he has all the abilities to make it to the squad as a wicketkeeper-batsman. It is just that the time is not right for him. Maybe, he will be Kohli’s go-to man in the future.
In the 2014-2015 season, Bharat scored 758 runs in the Ranji Trophy at a healthy average of 54.14. This enabled him to secure an IPL contract with the Delhi Daredevils. Although he has failed to make it to the playing eleven in a tough tournament like IPL, it is just a matter of time before he becomes a force to reckon with. For the time being, he has to wait for his opportunity.