RCB is one of the teams in IPL which despite being the top contenders every year since 2008, unfortunately hasn’t won the title once. Looking for their maiden IPL trophy, the men in red decided to shell out some heavy money in this year's auction, buying Glen Maxwell and Kyle Jamieson, for a whopping 14 and 15 crores respectively.
However, with the mega auction coming up next year, the Bangalore side will be looking to mix their experienced squad with youth. Ahead of the resumption of the halted IPL 2021, former India batter Aakash Chopra shared his views on the team and the top 4 players that the franchise might look to retain in the IPL 2022 auction.
Chopra spoke on his YouTube channel regarding the team combination, which after years now looks settled and stated that the top 2 players, in captain Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers, would be the first choice players to retain for the team management.
“Other than the Mumbai Indians and the Delhi Capitals, I don’t see another franchise who can retain four players. If you look towards RCB, then Virat Kohli will be the first retention, the second retention will be AB de Villiers.” said Chopra in his YouTube Video.
Regarding the other two players to retain, the former opener believes that the team owners could go for the young star opener Devdutt Padikal and the experienced leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.
“For the third, I will be thinking about Yuzi Chahal and Devdutt Padikkal, one out of them. In fact, I will want to retain three Indians, Yuzi Chahal, Devdutt Padikkal, and Virat Kohli – the three Indians and one overseas player in AB de Villiers. That’s it, so this is another team which can actually retain four players.” Chopra added.
The team will also look to retain their most expensive buys, Maxwell and Jamieson, through RTM as the duo have shown their worth during the first half of this year's IPL. However, a lot would also depend on how these players perform in the second half of the season, which after the initial outburst of Covid in India, is now scheduled to be played in UAE in September-October.