Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has named a surprising candidate as his pick to open the innings for Royal Challengers Bangalore this season. RCB do have a spate of choices for the two opening slots. They have bolstered their top-order by roping in Australia opener Aaron Finch and Karnataka opener Devdutt Padikkal in the previous players auction.
Last year, Parthiv Patel and skipper Virat Kohli opened for the side in most of the matches. The likes of Moeen Ali and Shimron Hetmyer were also tried out as openers but the duo failed to perform. And RCB are likely to open with Finch and Padikkal this season.
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However, Gautam Gambhir believes RCB should take a punt on Washington Sundar as opener. The former Kolkata Knight Riders skipper, whose move to open with Sunil Narine paid rich dividends, said that he is excited to see how Kohli uses Sundar this season.
“I am actually very excited to see how Virat Kohli uses Washington Sundar because he actually bowls well with the new ball. And then he can tonk a few as well but then it depends on what number does he bat at,” Gautam Gambhir told Cricket.com
“They could actually pick a punt with him and open with him and then let him just go free. He has that capability to give you those useful runs and obviously he can bowl four overs at any stage of the game as well,” he added.
While Sundar is indeed a handy batsman, he has not really got too many chances to prove himself with the bat in IPL so far. In his three-year IPL career so far, he has managed to score only 75 runs in 21 games. But he does have a century and two fifties to his name in first-class cricket.