IPL 2024 Auction : RCB Coach Andy Flower Reveals The Team's Top Order Ahead Of The Season

Updated - 19 Dec 2023, 11:42 AM

RCB Coach Andy Flower Reveals The Team's Top Order Ahead Of The Season
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Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) heads into the IPL 2024 auction looking to fill in six slots with three overseas slots. The franchise has retained 19 players and has a remaining purse of 23.35 crores in which to complete their squad. The auction will be held in Dubai with a total of 

The side released 11 players during the retention window including names like Wanindu Hasaranga, Josh Hazlewod, and the Indian seamer Harshal Patel. Once again ahead of an IPL auction, RCB are struggling with their bowling combination. 

However, their batting looks well sorted with Andy Flower their head coach also revealing their top-order in a recent YouTube video on RCB’s official YouTube channel. 

Speaking in the video Andy Flower confirmed RCB’s top four. Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli he said will open the batting, Rajat Patidar will bat at three and Glenn Maxwell will slot in at four. He further said that Cameron Green who was traded by RCB from Mumbai Indians is likely to bat within the top five. 

Andy Flower Hints At RCB’s Top Order In IPL 2024

Mohammed Siraj is the only Indian capped pacer after the release of Harshal Patel. Reece Topley, the left-arm England pacer was retained while his fellow England teammate David Willey was released. 

Meanwhile, Mo Bobat, the team’s Director Of Cricket revealed the auction strategy of the franchise. He spoke about the need for good bowlers in the franchise to be competitive in the tournament. 

“Mohammad Siraj is a core part of what we do so supporting Siraj with some more bowling options including overseas bowling options is going to be a real priority for us moving forward,” Bobat was quoted as saying in a media release.

“Then we have got a core of local spinners, which I think is quite strong. Some of them got some opportunities over the last year or two and they might play more leading roles moving forward, he added.

RCB traded Cameron Green from Mumbai Indians during the retention window. Green was traded for 17.5 crore to Royal Challengers Bangalore. That allowed the franchise to invest in a recognized all-rounder who has played international cricket long enough and even made a mark in IPL with Mumbai Indians.

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Heading into the auction, RCB’s batting order looks well sorted with the franchise needing to reorganise their bowling attack. Releasing the likes of Hazlewood and Hasaranga, the top-quality overseas bowlers was a decision that was tough to understand. 

RCB over the years have bought players for huge prices and released them within a couple of seasons. They did the same with these three bowlers who formed a core bowling group in the last couple of years. Hasaranga being injury-prone in recent times might have prompted RCB to release him and look for a seasoned overseas spinner.  

The final list of players has come down from 333 to 332 after the release of three international players Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, and Rehan Ahmed. Twop domestic Indian players in Kaushal Tambe (Maharashtra) and Sahil Dhiwan (Rajasthan) have been added to the roster, making the total number 332. 

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