South African fast bowler Dale Steyn‘s unavailability has come across as a massive blow to Royal Challengers Bangalore‘s (RCB) chances ahead of IPL 2021. Steyn on Saturday (January 2) confirmed he will be on a break in April-May and won’t taking part in the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Dale Steyn played only three games and picked up just one wicket for RCB in IPL 2020 in UAE. But with him around, the Virat Kohli led team had so much more experience available in their ranks.
Steyn boasts of an impressive record in his overall IPL career. The 37-year-old has taken 97 wickets and bowled with an economy rate of 6.91 in 95 games playing for various franchises. Filling Dale Steyn’s void is going to take some doing, but the RCB think-tank will certainly look at the viable alternatives.
Five Players Who Can Replace Dale Steyn In Royal Challengers Bangalore:
5. Mitchell Starc
Due to the busy international calendar and excessive workload, Starc has opted out of multiple IPL seasons now. Starc last played an IPL game in 2015. But if the Australian left-arm paceman confirms his availability, he is bound to fetch huge money from RCB for a recall. The 30-year-old has played 27 IPL games and taken 34 wickets while going at 7.17 runs per over.
With Starc, RCB can look to finally resolve their longstanding issue as a bowling unit. Though the team reached the playoffs in UAE last season, their death-bowling remained a problem. Starc can be used to not only replace Dale Steyn but also plug this massive hole in Kohli’s team.