Predicted Playing XI of RCB for IPL 2020 without overseas players
Devdutt Padikkal will most probably open the innings in the absence of overseas players.
Updated - Mar 16, 2020 3:51 pm
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the world by storm. All the events and gatherings including sporting events have been adversely affected by the rapid transmission of the virus. The scares caused by the pandemic have taken a heavy toll on all the sporting events which were to be conducted in this and in the following month.
Many events like PSL are being conducted behind closed doors. South Africa’s tour of India, New Zealand’s tour of Australia and Australia women’s tour of South Africa have been called off. The Road Safety World Series has also been postponed until further notice. In fact, even IPL 2020 has been postponed till April 15 as of now.
There is no idea when the situation regarding the outbreak of the virus will be taken under control. In such a scenario, the participation of foreign players in this year’s edition of IPL may be in jeopardy. In such a situation, the teams may have to adjust accordingly and carry on with the league with only Indian players in the playing XI.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is the team which consists of the superstars like AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn and Aaron Finch among others. And they will have to make do without them if the foreign players refuse to visit the country for the T20 extravaganza.
Here is our predicted playing XI of RCB for IPL 2020 without overseas players: –
1. Devdutt Padikkal
The 19-year-old batsman from Karnataka impressed one and all during his outings in the limited-overs leg of India’s domestic season. Opening the batting for Karnataka in both Vijay Hazare Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, he showed glimpses of brilliance as the southpaw compiled a truckload of runs whilst taking his team to victory. In fact, at times he even outshone his more experienced counterpart, KL Rahul.
Padikkal was the leading run-scorer in both Vijay Hazare Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and hence made a name for himself in the initial stages of his career. In Vijay Hazare Trophy, he scored 609 runs in 11 innings at an average of 67.67. On the other hand, in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, he scored 580 runs in 12 innings at an average of 64.44 with the highest score of 122 from just 60 deliveries. His strike rate of 175.76 in the latter helped in establishing his status as an aggressive opener.
The RCB squad consists of an experienced opener like Aaron Finch and exciting young talent like Josh Philippe. Both of them have a better chance of making it to the playing XI in absence of an experienced opener for Parthiv Patel. However, if the participation of both the Aussies is doubtful, Padikkal may be given a chance to feature in the playing XI.