Ahead of the IPL 2024 auction, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has released 11 players from their squad. They have a total of 18 players in their squad currently. Hence, they can grab 7 more players during the IPL 2024 auction.
In IPL 2024, RCB has many strong batters like Faf Du Plessis, Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, and Dinesh Karthik. However, they lack bowlers as they have parted ways with most of them. RCB has released bowlers like Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood, Dawid Willey, and Wanindu Hasaranga.
Hence, the three-time runners-up need more bowlers in their squad and can target some bowlers in the IPL 2024 auction. Akash Deep, Mohammed Siraj, and Reece Topley are the pacers for RCB. Topley did not play last season due to injury. Here we discuss 5 players that Royal Challengers Bangalore can target in the IPL 2024 auction.
IPL 2024 Auction: 5 Players Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Can Target In The Auction
5. Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc has returned to the Indian Premier League after a long break. The Aussie pacer has only played in two seasons- IPL 2014 and IPL 2015. He was part of RCB in those seasons. IPL 2015, the left-arm pacer hunted 20 scalps in 13 games at an economy of just 6.76.
With his return to the tournament, RCB will be eager to pick him in their squad. With Starc, they will have a strong pace attack. In IPL 2016, RCB also reached the final, when Starc was a member of the side.
4. Pat Cummins
RCB has the most Rs. 40 crores in their kitty. They might also target Pat Cummins. There is a popular proverb in English- two heads are better than one. Even if RCB manages to grab Mitchell Starc, they can bid for Cummins.
The Aussie pair can solve RCB’s issues in the bowling department. Pat Cummins was part of KKR in the 2022 season but did not participate in the last season.
3. Gerald Coetzee
Another pacer that RCB can target is Gerald Coetzee. The South African pacer executed a stupendous show in the ICC World Cup 2023. The right-arm pacer finished as the highest wicket-taker for his side.
Coetzee has kept a base price of Rs. 2 crore for himself. He dominated many batters in the World Cup with his lethal pace attack. The 23-year-old has not played any season for IPL.
2. Shardul Thakur
Among Indian pacers, Shardul Thakur is one name RCB can go ahead. Thakur was part of Kolkata Knight Riders in the previous season. However, the team released him from the squad ahead of the IPL 2024 auction. Thakur had many successful seasons with Chennai Super Kings from IPL 2018 to IPL 2021. The right-arm seamer has set a price of Rs. 2 crore for himself.
1. Mujeeb Ur Rahman
RCB has dropped Wanindu Hasaranga from the squad ahead of the IPL 2024 auction and they need a powerful spinner to replace him. RCB has picked one spinner Mayank Dagar into their squad through a trade.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman is a spectacular spinner from Afghanistan. The right-arm spinner was part of Punjab Kings team in IPL 2021. He showed good form in the recent World Cup in India. Hence, RCB can bid for him during the auction.