IPL 2022: 3 Players Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) should have retained instead of the current retentions

IPL 2022: 3 Players Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) should have retained instead of the current retentions

RCB have retained Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and Mohammed Siraj ahead of the mega auction.

Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore. (Photo Source: Twitter/Indian Premier League)

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have been regarded as the perennial underachievers of the IPL since it’s inception.  Despite having a plethora of superstars, they have been unable to play as a unit and put together match-winning performances. However, they were steady in the last two years and managed to develop a core group of players, which took them to the playoffs in both seasons.

Prior to the mega auction in 2022, RCB will endure a big transformation in their squad. Fans were heartbroken when former South Africa cricketer AB de Villiers announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.

In addition, Virat Kohli relinquished his captaincy duties for the Bengaluru-based franchise. They have retained Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and Mohammed Siraj ahead of the mega auction and released some high-profile players.

In the article, we take a look at three players RCB could have retained instead of any of the current retentions:

1. Yuzvendra Chahal

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

In this list, Yuzvendra Chahal is a no-brainer. He is the only RCB product who has produced match-winning performances for whichever team he has played for. Chahal has been a part of the RCB team since 2014, and he and the fans share a special bond. After his release, his supporters were distraught, and the franchise must be expecting to reclaim him in the auction.

With an average of 22.28, Chahal took 139 wickets for the Bengaluru franchise. Given that he bowled at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, his economy rate of 7.59 is quite impressive. Because of its short boundaries and batting-friendly pitch, RCB’s home ground, Chinnaswamy, is a burial ground for all bowlers.

Chahal, on the other hand, was able to weave his magic and outsmart the opponent with his skillset despite the odds. His comeback after a lacklustre first half of the IPL drew a lot of attention. He was left out of the Team India’s 2021 T20 World Cup squad, but his performances sent a strong message to the selectors.

Chahal is a very intelligent and skilled bowler who can bowl at any point of the game. By tempting batters to hit him down the ground, he has been able to take key wickets. When he receives assistance from the pitch, his bowling capabilities improve dramatically, making him a lethal bowler. As a result, given the leg-track spinner’s record, RCB may not be able to reclaim him at the auction.