Former India skipper Anjum Chopra suggests that the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) might prioritize strengthening their batting lineup in the WPL auction. Chopra mentioned the possibility of the team acquiring all-rounder Annabel Sutherland in the auction.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore has released seven players, including three foreigners, leaving them with a substantial remaining purse of ₹3.35 crore. The player auction for the second edition of the WPL is scheduled to take place in Mumbai on Saturday, December 9.
They Might Look At An Annabel Sutherland – Anjum Chopra
During a preview on Sports18, Anjum Chopra highlighted that the Bengaluru-based franchise could target a batting-heavy side to ensure a strong side of their game. Chopra emphasized the importance of building a strong team for the tournament.
“Their focus will be – ‘Let’s pack our batting, if we can do that, so at least we have one aspect of the game covered. If there is a 70 or 80 percent chance to have a good bowling side, fine let’s go ahead with it. But let’s keep one side heavy where we are very confident we can take the opposition head-on’,” Anjum Chopra said.
“Probably they might look at an Annabel Sutherland coming in because for sure they will be getting Heather Knight and Ellyse Perry to play. So another all-rounder as an option. Annabel Sutherland will always be a good addition to this lineup,” she added.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore Need Bowlers – WV Raman
WV Raman dismissed the idea of the Royal Challengers Bangalore reacquiring their released players. The former head coach mentioned that the team could potentially target Indian batter Veda Krishnamurthy to add a local touch.
“I don’t think so because they wouldn’t have released them in the first place. I think what they are looking for is an Indian batter. It could be Veda Krishnamurthy to add the local flavor,” Raman said.
“They are also looking for a left-arm spinner. They need bowlers who can provide some variations. As she (Chopra) said, they also need a real quicky there because they have got medium pacers who can take the pace off. They need to have somebody to rattle the Indian batters in the opposition camps,” he added.