Former West Indies cricketer Brian Lara said that he would retain Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell and Indian prodigious batsman Devdutt Padikkal for RCB over South Africa batter AB de Villiers.
RCB were knocked out by Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets in the Eliminator game on Monday in Sharjah.
The loss against KKR ended RCB’s quest for their elusive IPL title and also it was their last game under the leadership of Virat Kohli, who had earlier decided to step down from the captaincy role at the end of the season.
Who will RCB retain between Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers for IPL 2022
IPL 2022 auctions will be huge as the majority of the players will go under the auctions as each franchise will be able to retain a maximum of three players.
Maxwell was phenomenal with the bat in his first season for RCB as he ended up the season as their highest-run scorer with 513 runs from 14 innings at the strike rate of 144.10.
On the other hand RCB’s talismanic batter AB de Villiers struggled to score in the UAE leg of IPL 2021 and against KKR he could only manage 11 runs before he was clean bowled by Sunil Narine.
Why would you want to retain AB de Villiers if he is not scoring runs: Asks Brian Lara
Lara said that he wouldn’t retain the South African batsman owing to his form with the bat and would rather go for the Australian batsman.
“Virat Kohli is a franchise winner anywhere he goes. Virat Kohli is going to be retained in that position. Who else would I go for? You have to go for people that you actually feel if put them on the market you can get those back,” Lara told Cricket.com.
“I would go with Glenn Maxwell as the second choice as someone who I will retain, and also maybe a player like Padikkal. Why would you want to retain AB de Villiers if he is not scoring runs and not getting any younger,” he added.
RCB finished third on the points table with 18 points from 14 games and had their best chance to win their maiden IPL title.