Indian Premier League will see the auctions for the 12th season taking place in Jaipur next month. RCB has always been in the news due to the presence of the dynamic duo of AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli, but the side has been unable to leave a mark.
Ahead of the next edition, RCB have released players like Brendon McCullum and Sarfraz Khan, while Quinton de Kock has been traded to Mumbai Indians. Their bowling has been a matter of worry as well, and with most of the international stars leaving the IPL in 2019 half-way due to the World Cup, the teams would be focusing on procuring the services of domestic talent.
Here are some players RCB can target at the auctions.
The T20 specialist was a part of the Islamabad United team that won the PSL and even won the Player of the Tournament award for his consistent showing.
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With 435 runs in 11 games with a mind-boggling strike-rate of 182, Ronchi could be a potential game-changer on a flat Chinnaswamy wicket. The Kiwi player can open the innings, keep wickets and play in the middle order as well, and with McCullum released as well, RCB could potentially go after the Kiwi international.
Though Shami has not been in the best of forms in the shorter formats for India in the last few months, he is a proven match-winner, who could be a real threat in the death overs.
The seamer has been released from The Delhi Daredevils camp for the 2019 IPL after playing for them since 2014. Shami had managed to pick up just 21 wickets in 35 games for them with an expensive economy of 9.14 runs per over. With Kohli preferring fast bowlers in his side, Shami could add a much-needed boost to the RCB line-up that already has Umesh Yadav and Tim Southee.
South Africa’s Klaasen could be an ideal player to be slotted into the middle order for RCB.
Over the years, the franchise has boasted of a heavy top-order, but once the top four are back in the hut, RCB have traditionally struggled to keep up with the momentum, which has caused them to lose more games than what they would have intended. Klaasen has a strike-rate of 158 in the shortest format and he will provide a wicket-keeping option to the side as well.
Thisara Perera is vastly underrated in the international scene, but he could be the X-factor for any team.
With a batting strike-rate of 145.41 and a bowling average of 25.88 in T20s, the Sri Lankan can not only strike it big but can be more than a handful with the cherry as well. RCB have struggled to find a consistent bowling all-rounder in the last few years – they had Chris Woakes last season but have released them ahead of the auctions – and with Perera being an almost like-for-like replacement to Woakes, one can expect RCB to go after him.