IPL 2021: Mitchell McClenaghan predicts three fast bowlers RCB will go after in mega auction
McClenaghan's tweet came after RCB once again failed to pick up a wicket in the powerplay.
Updated - Nov 24, 2021 2:26 pm
The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will witness 10 teams fighting it for the ultimate trophy. There will also be a overhaul of all the teams with mega auction set to take place. The BCCI is yet to come up with a rules of retention and also not much is known if the ‘Right to Match card’ policy will be allowed to use like it happened during the mega auction in 2018.
Meanwhile, New Zealand cricketer Mitchell McClenaghan has already made his predictions related to the mega auction. He reckons that the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will go for three fast bowlers during the auction.
According the McClenaghan, RCB will go after Anrich Nortje, Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult. He didn’t mention specific reason for his choices but it could be because of their inability to pick wickets in the powerplay overs. They have not been able pick wickets in most of the matches in the ongoing second leg of the IPL in the UAE.
While RCB have been able to pull back things in the second half of the match, they have consistently struggled to make early breakthroughs. Even the Punjab Kings openers on Sunday, the duo of KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal added 91 runs for the opening stand against RCB. It was due to the guile of Yuzvendra Chahal and good variations from other bowlers that they managed to win by six wickets.
RCB will target 2 of Nortje, Ferguson, Boult next year.
— Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) October 3, 2021
Nortje, Ferguson and Boult doing well for their respective sides
Mitchell McClenaghan’s choices are really good though as all the three bowlers he mentioned have been doing extremely well in the ongoing IPL season. While Nortje and Boult have more often than not given their respective sides early wickets with the new ball, Ferguson is also capable of doing the same and can nail his yorkers too at the death.
Given that the teams these three bowlers play for having some superstars, they are unlikely to be retained as the franchises might look to buy them again in the auction. This is when, according to McClenaghan’s tweet, RCB can go for some of these bowlers and strengthen their bowling attack.