3 Players Who May Not Get A Single Game For RCB In IPL 2020: The 13th edition of IPL is just a few months away as all the teams have built their respective squads for the same. Mumbai Indians are the defending champions of the tournament and they will enter as the favorites to win once again because of their stellar squad.
On the other hand, the perennial underachievers, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have a weak lineup once again as it seems like the team lacks balance after the auction. Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers will have to play out of their skins to ensure that RCB wins their first title in 2020.
With the likes of Chris Morris, Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal and Dale Steyn present in the team, RCB has the caliber to secure the championship this year. However, they have a few surpluses in their team who may not get a single game. The following 3 players would not fit in RCB’s playing XI.
Gurkeerat Singh Mann:
Royal Challengers Bangalore have packed their batting order by adding Aaron Finch and Chris Morris to the team. The duo of Aaron Finch and Devdutt Padikkal will open the innings for RCB while Virat Kohli will come out to bat at number 3.
At number 4, Mr. 360 AB de Villiers will handle the proceedings while Indian all-rounder Shivam Dubey will bat at number 5. Parthiv Patel will get a new role in the form of a finisher this year at number 6 followed by South Africa import Chris Morris at number 7.
So, there is no place for the Punjabi batsman Gurkeerat Singh Mann in the first-choice XI. Even if someone gets injured, RCB has Moeen Ali as their back-up. Hence, it is unlikely that Gurkeerat will get a chance to represent Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2020.
Born in Dharwad city of Karnataka, Pavan Deshpande is one of the most promising names present in the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad. The local player is an all-rounder who bats left-handed and can bowl right-arm off-break in the middle overs.
Talking about his numbers in T20 cricket, the 30-year-old has played 20 matches in his career where he has scored 426 runs and has the highest score of 63. His batting average is 47.33 while he has a strike rate of 149.77. The statistics highlight his talent, however, the stacked RCB line-up does not have a
a place for him.
As mentioned earlier, the team management has bought a bunch of star players thus, it is unlikely that Pavan would get a game this year. Even though he has taken 4 wickets in T20 cricket, the RCB selectors would not offer him a game given how fast the format of the Indian Premier League works.
Australian wicket-keeper batsman, Josh Philippe became the latest star from Big Bash League to earn an IPL contract. Royal Challengers Bangalore grabbed him in the auction, However, given that they have Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Moeen Ali, Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel as their opening options, he may not make it to the playing XI.
Also, the teams neglect to have an overseas wicket-keeper batsman in the team and Philippe does not have much experience as well hence, despite being signed by RCB, the Aussie will warm the bench this year.