Former India batsman and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Gautam Gambhir has criticized Royal Challengers Bangalore's (RCB) decision to release 10 players ahead of the IPL 2021 auction.
Gambhir found the move wrong and he feels RCB aren't learning from their mistake from previous seasons. He said making a lot of changes every season has been Bangalore's biggest problem.
Speaking on Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected, Gambhir, who led KKR to two IPL title wins, said the decision to release 10 players ahead of the mini-auction could affect the mindset of the retained players and cause insecurity among them.
“The biggest problem with RCB is the plethora of changes they make every year, it will only bring insecurity to even the players who are a part of the squad. It’s not just about releasing 10 players, even the retained ones would be thinking that if they have one more bad season, they will be ousted too. This is a problem for coaches and mentors – just to save their positions, they cannot blame the players,” he said.
Gambhir was surprised to see South African all-rounder Chris Morris' name in the list of released players. “Chris Morris had one bad season, you had shown so much of trust on him, and if you see, he did not have that bad a season.
"No doubt, he was unfit in the beginning of the season, but when he played, he bowled really well. And they could have also stuck with Umesh Yadav for one more season given the dearth of pacers who are available,” he added.
RCB's released players: Chris Morris, Aaron Finch, Moeen Ali, Isuru Udana, Dale Steyn, Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav, Pawan Negi, Gurkeerat Mann, and Parthiv Patel (retired).
(With StarSports Inputs)