The RCB is one of the unluckiest franchises of the IPL. The team which was previously owned by Vijay Malya-led Kingfisher has had amazing players playing for the franchise and yet, the team has been unable to deliver and win a single IPL title. RCB has had players like Virat Kohli, Ab De Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, Chris Gayle, Shane Watson, Brendon McCullum, Mitchell Starc, etc. playing for the team, making it one of the most formidable sides ever in the League. Even today, the mere presence of King Kohli alone is enough to make RCB one of the most promising candidates for the title. This year, the RCB reached the playoffs but crashed out in the second qualifier after a loss against KKR. The team learned a few important lessons this year, including how to optimize its squad, for which they might let go of these three players :
1) Anuj Rawat –
Anuj Rawat was almost unheard of before the cup of 2022. Rawat was quite the sensation during the mega auctions of 2022 as he was purchased for Rs. 3.4 crore, way above his base price. A wicketkeeper-batsman, Rawat had proved his mettle in the Ranji Trophy. The purchase seemed worthless though, as he failed to score big in the tournament. In the 8 games he played, he was able to score only 129 runs at a dismal average of 16.13. his dismal performance, combined with the staggering return of veteran Dinesh Karthik makes it difficult for Anuj to retain his position. These factors suggest that he might be released by the RCB in the upcoming season.
2) Siddharth Kaul –
Right-arm medium-fast pacer Siddharth Kaul was purchased by the RCB as a backup bowler who might have been inducted into the team full-time had he delivered well on the one chance he received. He was made to play just one game in the whole season, and going wicketless in that game did nothing to improve his future chances. Bearing this in mind, the RCB might go for someone more reliable in the upcoming IPL auctions.
3) Sherfane Rutherford –
West Indian southpaw batsman Sherfane Rutherford was another one of RCB’s expensive buys which failed to deliver as much. In the three matches he played, he amassed a total of 33 runs, making his Rs. 1 crore cost seem heavily overvalued. He was brought in for his hard-hitting abilities but he lacked clarity and decisiveness in his strokes, which cost him his wicket every time. The RCB might go looking for another hard-hitter in 2023 to support RCB and Kohli’s aspirations, which means they will have to let Rutherford go.