IPL 2022 Auction: 3 Openers Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Can Target

Updated - 07 Feb 2022, 12:05 AM

David Warner -SRH-Sunrisers Hyderabad
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The IPL 2022 mega auction will be held across February 12 and 13 In Bengaluru. Royal Challengers Bangalore will be one of the franchises who will look to go big at the auctions needing valuable players to form a complete team. The franchise retained Virat Kohli (INR 15 crore), Glenn Maxwell (INR 11 crore), Mohammed Siraj (INR 7 crore).

The BCCI announced a final list of 590 players from an original list of 1214 players who registered for the mega auction. Royal Challengers Bangalore head into the IPL 2022 mega auction with a hefty purse of 57 crores. They need players from every discipline in order to make an all-round team.

There are reports that this might be the last mega auction in the IPL ever, which adds that much more pressure to all the 10 franchises in the auction apart from RCB. Meanwhile, in this article, we will take a look at three openers they can target in the upcoming IPL 2022 mega auction.

IPL 2022 Auction: 3 Openers Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Can Target

Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Among the available Indian openers, Shikhar Dhawan is a name for whom almost all the franchises will bid big. He is amongst the highest run-getters in the IPL. Since joining the Delhi Capitals in 2019, he has scored 500 runs in every season and cumulatively, the southpaw has scored 1726 runs in the last three years scoring 12 fifties and two hundreds in the meantime.

He has also led an IPL franchise in the past and with RCB in need of a captain, he is a man the franchise can look out for. Dhawan ideally with open the batting with Virat Kohli if they play together.

Quinton De Kock

Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock (Image Credit: Twitter)

Quinton De Kock has played for RCB in 2018. However, due to his diminishing returns, he was released the following year. Mumbai Indians bagged him and he turned out to be a key player for them in two of their title-winning seasons in 2019 and 2020.

With De Kock out in the open market, the franchise can do a very good job if they manage to buy him. The franchise needs a keeper along with a reputed opener. The South African wicketkeeper-batsman can do both roles fittingly.

David Warner

Australia's David Warner celebrates his fifty runs during the Cricket Twenty20 World Cup match against Sri Lanka in Dubai, UAE, Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
Australia’s David Warner celebrates his fifty runs during the Cricket Twenty20 World Cup match against Sri Lanka in Dubai, UAE, Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

Every franchise will go big to buy David Warner at the IPL auctions. Royal Challengers Bangalore must have him in their thoughts too. With AB De Villiers retiring from IPL cricket, the southpaw might just be the perfect man to replace him. He has scored the most runs in the IPL among the overseas players.

He along with Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell can for the core of the side on which the side can build their future. Warner who is a proven captain in the league also provides a leadership option for the franchise to look forward to. Given his record in the IPL and his form in recent white-ball games, David Warner might well become the most expensive player this IPL auction.

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