IPL: 5 Players Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) regret not retaining

IPL: 5 Players Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) regret not retaining

Leaving these players out have turned out to be a massive mistake for these teams.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith. (Photo: IANS)

RCB has been one of the most popular teams in the history of the prestigious Indian Premier League (IPL). This vogue has been maintained by the likes of some of the best players of the modern era, most notably being Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. However, they are one of the 3 functioning teams that are yet to win maiden IPL trophy and the Challengers are one of them.

Every year, the loyal fans expect that their team will have its best chance to win this time. However, poor team selection and lack of a balanced squad have not helped to their cause. Another big reason is the lack of patience and faith on the team players. It has been a common experience that RCB release a player due to a string of poor performances, who then move on to be a trump card for others and make RCB regret over its decision. Let us take a look at some of those players:

KL Rahul

KL Rahul
KL Rahul. (Photo Source: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

KL Rahul was a part of the RCB team that was the runners-up in the 2016 season. Even though he remained under the shadow of Chris Gayle, ABD and Virat Kohli throughout, he put up a decent performance, accumulating 397 runs in 14 matches. His tally also included 4 half-centuries. He was retained for IPL 2017 but pulled out of the whole season due to a shoulder injury.

When the mega auctions arrived in 2018, he could not be retained because of the maximum possible retentions being only 3. In the auction, he was brought by KXIP at a whopping 11 crores. And his performance totally proved that they had not done any wrong in investing so much over him.

He scored 659 runs at an average of 54.91. Opening with Chris Gayle at the top, he played a significant role in helping KXIP reach decent totals in most matches. Undoubtedly, the decision to let him go turned out to be a blunder for RCB.

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