IPL 2023 Auction: 3 Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) Players Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Can Target

SRH vs RCB, IPL 2022
SRH vs RCB (Credits: BCCI/IPL)

IPL 2023 Auction: 3 Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) Players Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Can Target. Royal Challengers Bangalore finished fourth in IPL 2022 as their dreams of winning an IPL title were diminished. The side lost in the second qualifier against Rajasthan Royals to bow out of the tournament. Ultimately they ended with six losses this year.

It was a season of what-ifs again for RCB as they promised more than delivered. This year too they had a good side with almost all the bases covered. They had a good bowling attack, good spinners, and good finishers in Dinesh Karthik and Glenn Maxwell.

Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis
Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis. Image: BCCI

Virat Kohli had another different year as he opened for a few games and batted at number three in a few. One area of concern for the team was finding an opener who would allow Virat Kohli to bat at three and dictate the game. Skipper Faf du Plessis scored over 400 runs but to no avail as the side failed to reach the finals once again.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) always had superstars in their lineups, from the now-Indian coach Rahul Dravid in the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League, to the likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Chris Gayle. Yet, they never have really gelled as a unit, and the title has remained elusive.

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) IPL 2022 tournament was a replay of their performance in the IPL 2021. Though they managed to win 6 matches out of 14 and amassed 12 points, they still managed to finish in the 8th spot out of 10 teams.

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson (Image Credits: IPL)

One of the biggest reasons for a dismal season was New Zealand Kane Williamson, who just couldn’t get going throughout the tournament with a strike rate of under 100. Kane Williamson, who struggled with an elbow issue, scored 216 runs in 13 innings at a disappointing average of 19 and an ever poorer strike rate of 93. Their biggest buy-in IPL 2022 auction was West Indies’ Nicholas Pooran for INR 10.75 crores, and then his teammate Romario Shepherd for INR 7.75 Crores.

Tata IPL 2023 Trophy. (Photo: IPL)
Tata IPL 2023 Trophy. (Photo: IPL)

IPL 2023 Auction: 3 Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) Players Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Can Target

Abdul Samad

Abdul Samad
Abdul Samad (Image Credit: Twitter)

A big-hitting right-handed batsman from Jammu Kashmir, Abdul Samad was shortlisted in the Sunrisers Hyderabad trials ahead of the 2020 IPL Auction. He was signed by Sunrisers Hyderabad for 20 lakh which made him only the fourth cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir after Parvez Rasool, Manzoor Dar & Rasikh Salam to earn an IPL contract.

Known to score at a brisk pace, bold with the bat with a liking for the big hits, Abdul Samad was identified as one of the young talents to watch out for and was retained by Sunrisers ahead of the 2022 IPL Auction.

He has scored 226 runs averaging 14.13 in 25 IPL games for Sunrisers Hyderabad at a strike rate of 142.14. He has also picked 2 scalps. He may be in Royal Challenger Bangalore’s IPL 2023 squad if Sunrisers Hyderabad decides to not retain the 21-year-old. He would be on RCB’s radar as far as IPL 2023 is concerned.

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