Former Australia spinner, Brad Hogg has named the Royal Challengers Bangalore eleven which he feels should take the field in the season opener on April 9th against defending champions Mumbai Indians in Chennai.
Without any doubt, RCB’s opening pair will comprise Devdutt Padikkal, who was the leading run-scorer of the side last season, alongside skipper Virat Kohli, who has confirmed that he will open in the IPL 2021. Brad Hogg says that Kohli will have to play the anchor role and bat through the innings – as he did in the 5th T20I against England – while the likes of AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell attack from the other end.
The former leg-spinner has gone with new recruits, Daniel Christian and Mohammed Azharuddeen for the lower-order finisher’s role at numbers 5 and 6 respectively.
“They will have Padikkal open the batting. I think he did a fantastic job last year and is another Indian talent coming through. Opening the batting with him will be Virat Kohli. I think that is his prime position. He will be able to time the ball, pierce the gaps during the powerplay. His role will be to bat through the whole innings,” Brad Hogg said in his YouTube video.
“You have got AB de Villiers coming in at no. 3 and then Glenn Maxwell to finish off the innings at no. 4. I will have Dan Christian coming in at no. 5, another power-hitter, and Mohammed Azharuddeen. I think that particular six would be dominant in this year’s IPL,” he added.
No Kyle Jamieson in Brad Hogg’s side
Since the chinaman has picked 3 overseas players already, he is left with only one foreign player spot in the bowling department – which he assigns to Australian Kane Richardson over RCB’s big-money signing, Kyle Jamieson, who was bought for INR 15 crore. Other bowlers in Hogg’s line-up would be Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, and Yuzvendra Chahal.
“We have got Washington Sundar at no. 7, who is also a big-hitter and can do some damage there. We have also got Siraj and Saini, two frontline Indian fast bowlers, who have got a bit of experience now being in the Indian setup. Kane Richardson for me is coming in at no. 10 and Chahal at no. 11,” the 50-year-old added.
Brad Hogg’s predicted XI for RCB in IPL 2021
Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Christian, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Kane Richardson, Yuzvendra Chahal.