Royal Challengers Bangalore will be worth keeping an eye on in this IPL season, considering that they released some big names from this tournament. This implies that RCB has some significant alterations to make in its squad.
Some of the big names that were let go of this season include –
Here is a list of players who were retained by RCB during the 2021 IPL auction –
Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Kane Richardson, Washington Sundar, Adam Zampa, Shahbaz Ahmed, Josh Philippe, and Pavan Deshpande.
Here is a list of players who were released by RCB during the 2021 IPL auction –
Aaron Finch, Isuru Udana, Parthiv Patel, Chris Morris, Moeen Ali, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Pawan Negi, Shivam Dube, Dale Steyn, and Umesh Yadav.
After a heated bidding battle, Glenn Maxwell got successfully bought by RCB for a whopping 14.25 Cr, from his base price starting at Rs 2 Cr.
|Name||Price (in Rs.)|
|Glenn Maxwell||14.25 Cr|
|Sachin Baby||20 lakh|
|Rajat Patidar||20 lakh|
|Mohammed Azharuddeen||20 lakh|
|Kyle Jamieson||15 crore|
|Daniel Christian||4.8 crore|
|Suyash Prabhudessai||20 lakh|
|KS Bharat||20 lakh|
Former Australian all-rounder Simon Katich holds the role of the head coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2021, representing his country in 56 Tests, 45 ODIs, and three T20Is. He has played 11 IPL matches for Punjab Kings during his initial two seasons.
Sridharan Sriram will hold the position of the batting and spin bowling coach of RCB this year. Sriram played eight ODI matches for India, hit 81 runs and picked up nine wickets. He played for the Delhi Capitals as well as the Royal Challengers Bangalore Team in IPL.
Adam Griffith played as a right-arm fast bowler for Tasmania and Leicestershire. The Australian pacer never played an international game. He participated in 50 first-class matches, 54 List-A games, as well as 12 T20s in his domestic career.
Malolan Rangarajan holds two pivotal roles in the RCB backroom staff. He acts as the fielding coach of the team as well as the talent scout. Rangarajan participated in domestic cricket for Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand.
Virat Kohli has assumed the role of captain for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL since the 2013 edition. Virat Kohli carried the franchise to the final of the tournament in the 2016 edition of IPL and will lead RCB in IPL 2021.
|Name||Batting Style||Total Runs|
|AB de Villiers (VC)||Right-Handed Batsman||4974|
|Mohammed Azharuddeen||Right-Handed Batsman||–|
|Srikar Bharat||Right-Handed Batsman||–|
|Virat Kohli (C)||Right-Handed Batsman||5949|
|Devdutt Padikkal||Left-Handed Batsman||509|
|Sachin Baby||Right-Handed Batsman||137|
|Rajat Patidar||Right-Handed Batsman||9|
|Suyash Prabhudessai||Right-Handed Batsman||–|
|Finn Allen||Right-Handed Batsman||–|
|Yuzvendra Chahal||Right-Arm Bowler||123|
|Adam Zampa||Right-Arm Bowler||21|
|Mohammed Siraj||Right-Arm Bowler||41|
|Navdeep Saini||Right-Arm Bowler||17|
|Kane Richardson||Right-Arm Bowler||18|
|Harshal Patel||Right-Arm Bowler||55|
|Kyle Jamieson||Right-Arm Bowler||5|
|Daniel Christian||Right-Arm Bowler||34|
|Name||Batting Style||Bowling Style|
|Pavan Deshpande||Right-Handed Batsman||Right-Arm Bowler|
|Washington Sundar||Left-Handed Batsman||Right-Arm Bowler|
|Daniel Sams||Right-Handed Batsman||Left-Arm Bowler|
|Shahbaz Ahmed||Left-Handed Batsman||Left-Arm Bowler|
|Glenn Maxwell||Right-Handed Batsman||Right-Arm Bowler|
Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Christian, Mohammed Azharuddeen (WK), Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Kyle Jamieson, and Yuzvendra Chahal.
With a couple of changes to their playing squad and them dropping some big names from their squad in IPL 2021, RCB will reform their playing squad and make tactical changes in the field.
Under Kohli’s captaincy and the support rendered by the excellent coaching staff, RCB might pose a threat to other teams and are a strong contender to steal the crown from Mumbai Indians as the winners of IPL 2021.