Under Faf du Plessis’ new direction, Royal Challengers Bangalore is set to deliver big in the next edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) The RCB displayed outstanding cricket and appeared poised to win the competition. However, they were eliminated from the competition after failing to defeat Rajasthan Royals in the second qualifier recently.
The Bangalore franchise’s prospective campaign featured a lot of appeals. In light of this, the think tank made the decision to keep the majority of its players after the IPL 2023 auction and release only five. The Royal Challengers Bangalore will prefer to fill the vacant places with top-tier players as they attempt to win their first IPL championship in the upcoming season.
The 2022 season was a great one for the Rajasthan Royals, who finished second in the standings after winning nine games in the league stage of the competition. Despite letting go of a number of elite players from the team, the franchise managed to keep its core intact.
Rajasthan Royals released Anunay Singh, Corbin Bosch, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Karun Nair, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rassie van der Dussen, Shubham Garhwal, and Tejas Baroka.
Let’s have a look at the 3 players released by Rajasthan Royals that the Royal Challengers Bangalore can target:
Rajasthan paid James Neesham’s base fee of 1.5 crores and acquired him.The New Zealand all-rounder played in just two games, scoring 31 runs at a strike rate of 114; in those two games, he also bowled three overs, allowing 29 runs to be scored without taking a wicket.
Neesham has been an important member of the New Zealand T20 team despite RR’s opinion that he wasn’t deserving of being kept. He participated in 22 T20 Internationals this year, including all of the T20 World Cup matches, and scored 272 runs at a high strike rate of 173.
Any seam-bowling all-rounder is an asset in a T20 side, so expect Royal Challengers Bangalore to bid for the experienced all-rounder.
Daryl Mitchell also received opportunities in just 2 games for Rajasthan Royals, when he bowled just a few overs for 27 runs while scoring 33 runs at a strike rate of 75.
Daryl Mitchell, however, has been a crucial component of New Zealand’s middle order. The right-hander has scored 394 runs at a strike rate of 143 in 16 T20 Internationals in 2022, including a half-century against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup semifinal. This year in T20s, he has hardly been called to bowl for New Zealand.
Expect Daryl Mitchell, a 31-year-old with experience in 149 T20 matches, to draw interest at the IPL 2023 auction table from the Royal Challengers Bangalore, who will be looking at him as a backup for Glenn Maxwell.
Coulter-Nile suffered a side strain during the Royals’ opening game of the tournament last season and the 34-year-old didn’t play the next two games and ultimately was ruled out of the 15th edition of the IPL.
Coulter-Nile has played for the Delhi Capitals, Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Mumbai Indians for several seasons. Due to his incredible speed and athleticism on the field, the speedster will be one of the players that Royal Challengers Bangalore will be keen to sign.
Coulter-Nile can play a fine role as a support pacer to Josh Hazlewood and Harshal Patel next season, and also contribute with some handy runs down the order.