Retaining three players allows them to use two RTM cards in the auction and with players such as Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Kedar Jadhav, Samuel Badree and Yuzvendra Chahal in the pool, Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to bring both the cards into play.
Former South Africa cricketer Gary Kirsten, now coaching the Hobart Hurricanes franchise in the Big Bash League (BBL), has suffered a broken jaw as a result of a smashing return hit from batsman D’Arcy Short at the Blundstone Arena in Hobart. “It was wet, so we were in the indoor centre. Darce [Short] just whacked one back at him that he didn’t pick up in time,” the Hurricanes skipper George Bailey told in relation to the incident.
Kirsten was immediately given dental treatment following the freak injury as the team was training indoors following a wet outfield. The fifty-year-old broke his teeth though would not be needing surgery, as Short, the highest run-getter of the tournament, hit with extreme power.
Incidentally, earlier in the day, Pakistan’s all-rounder Shoaib Malik was hit hard on the head by a throw from Colin Munro during an ODI at Hamilton between New Zealand and Pakistan. Though Malik was reported to be fine, he did not take the field when his side came out to bowl.
Bailey shed further light on the matter by saying, “[Kirsten] has actually come out of it very luckily in the big scheme of things. He said that he’s probably been a blase about that over the years. It’s obviously prompted [a change] – everyone has had [helmets] on since.”
With Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) deciding not to retain Chris Gayle in the player retention, they will be on the lookout for an explosive opening batsman to partner Virat Kohli. Evin Lewis is the ideal replacement for the Jamaican, who has been incredibly successful in the IPL.
Evin Lewis has not only proven as big-hitter much like Gayle, he has also shown himself to be incredibly consistent in the T20 format, an average of almost 35 and strike rate of over 145 are a testament to that. Although he has never played in the IPL, this could be the perfect opportunity for him to come in and make an immediate impact, much like Gayle did when he was signed by the franchise as an injury replacement.
Evin Lewis has made a name for himself in the T20 arena with his explosive hitting at the top of the order. The 26-year-old is one of the finest T20 players in the world at the moment and his record in the format is nothing short of outstanding. However, he has never featured in the Indian Premier League but that looks likely to change this year.
Ahead of the IPL Auction 2018, RCB surprised many by choosing to not retain Chris Gayle and instead picking the young Sarfaraz Khan ahead of the West Indian, along with Indian captain Virat Kohli and South African batsman AB de Villiers.
RCB are looking to start afresh in IPL 2018 and have roped in India’s 2011 World Cup-winning coach, Gary Kirsten, and Ashish Nehra, as batting coach and bowling coach. They will be looking to revamp the side and use their RTM on the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal or Samuel Badree instead of Gayle.
The 26-year-old Lewis has been impressive for West Indies in both ODIs and T20Is and can make use of the small boundaries at Bengaluru to make an immediate impact. He will certainly be a useful addition to the RCB side that are looking to rebuild ahead of the 11th edition of the IPL.
Although Lewis missed out on the T20I series against New Zealand, he is likely to be one of the biggest attractions of the IPL Auction that will take place in Bengaluru.
With short boundaries at RCB’s home ground, they could certainly use an explosive batsman at the top of the order and Lewis certainly fits that criteria. He has the ability to take the game away from the opposition single-handedly and will be the ideal replacement for Chris Gayle.
Playing since the inception of IPL in 2008, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is a Bangalore based franchisee owned by Royal Challengers Sports Private Ltd (United Spirits Limited – Diageo).
RCB managed to reach the finals three times in 2009, 2011 and 2016 but lost the finals on all the three occasions. They would be desperate to win the title this time around.
Since the first season, the Royal Challengers Bangalore team has always had some great iconic players…. and a huge fan following.
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Find below list of all the players that will play for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2018, including the retained players and the players bought by the team in IPL 2018 Players Auction.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) IPL 2018 Players, Squad, Roster :
Players Retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) before Players Auction –
1. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli was retained for ₹ 17 Crs
2. AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers was retained for ₹ 11 Crs
3. Sarfaraz Khan
Sarfaraz Khan was retained for ₹ 3 Crs
Players Bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Players Auction –
1. Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum was bought for ₹3,60,00,000
2. Chris Woakes
Chris Woakes was bought for ₹7,40,00,000
3. Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali was bought for ₹1,70,00,000
4. Quinton De Kock
Quinton De Kock was bought for ₹2,80,00,000
5. Umesh Yadav
Umesh Yadav was bought for ₹4,20,00,000
6. Colin De Grandhomme
Colin De Grandhomme was bought for ₹2,20,00,000
7. Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal was bought for ₹6,00,00,000 (RTM Used)
8. Manan Vohra
Manan Vohra was bought for ₹1,10,00,000
9. Kulwant Khejroliya
Kulwant Khejroliya was bought for ₹85,00,000
10. Aniket Choudhary
Aniket Choudhary was bought for ₹30,00,000
11. Navdeep Saini
Navdeep Saini was bought for ₹3,00,00,000
12. Washington Sundar
Washington Sundar was bought for ₹3,20,00,000
13. Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj was bought for ₹2,60,00,000
14. Nathan Coulter-Nile
Nathan Coulter-Nile was bought for ₹2,20,00,000
15. Murugan Ashwin
Murugan Ashwin was bought for ₹2,20,00,000
16. Mandeep Singh
Mandeep Singh was bought for ₹1,40,00,000
17. Pawan Negi
Pawan Negi was bought for ₹1,00,00,000 (RTM Used)
18. Parthiv Patel
Parthiv Patel was bought for ₹1,70,00,000
19. Tim Southee
Tim Southee was bought for ₹1,00,00,000
20. Pavan Deshpande
Pavan Deshpande was bought for ₹20,00,000
21. Anirudha Ashok Joshi
Anirudha Ashok Joshi was bought for ₹20,00,000
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Royal Challengers Bangalore have retained all the three players: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Sarfaraz Khan. They go into auctions with two Right To Match.
Retention 1 – Virat Kohli (₹ 17 Crs)
Retention 2 – AB de Villiers (₹ 11 Crs)
Retention 3 – Sarfaraz Khan (₹ 3 Crs)
Now they are left with ₹ 49 Crs + 2 RTM
With the mega Indian Premier League auction slated for January 27 and 28, the Royal Challengers Bangalore management on Monday confirmed their coaching staff led by head coach Daniel Vettori, who has been at the helm since 2014.
Former coach of the world cup winning Indian cricket team Gary Kirsten , it is learnt, signed on the dotted line last week. He has been named the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s batting coach for the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League. This will be Kirsten’s second stint in the IPL after his three-year contract was cut short to a year by Delhi Daredevils in 2015.
Recently-retired pacer Ashish Nehra has been named the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s bowling coach for the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League.
With the vision of long-term development of the squad and bringing in fresh talent from across the country, the franchisee has realigned the roles of Trent Woodhill and Andrew McDonald.
Another Australian Andrew McDonald, who joined the RCB set-up last season, will handle bowling talent development and analytics.
“I am excited to welcome Gary and Ashish to the coaching team for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Both of them bring a wealth of experience in cricket, which the team can learn from immensely. We look forward to an amazing season.” – Daniel Vettori
RCB coaching team: Daniel Vettori: Head coach; Gary Kirsten: Mentor and batting coach; Ashish Nehra: Mentor and bowling coach, Trent Woodhill: Batting talent development and analytics & fielding coach; Head of scouting (off-season); Andrew McDonald: Bowling talent development and analytics.
Ahead of the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League, the BCCI has released the guidelines for the auction and the much-awaited retention policy for the participating teams.
IPL 2017 was a season to forget for the Royal Challengers Bangalore as nothing went their way. Virat Kohli missed the initial part of the tournament due to an injury which left the team unsettled. Also, opener KL Rahul’s absence owing to a shoulder injury left a hole in the batting lineup. Rahul had played an important role in the 2016 edition of the IPL, which was RCB’s most successful season so far.
There is considerable pressure on the Red Army to put on a solid show and mount a strong challenge for the 2018 IPL title.
Here are the players that Royal Challengers Bangalore should absolutely retain (3 retention + 2 RTM card) for the 2018 season:
1. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli, the captain of the Indian cricket team, has represented the Bangalore based franchise every single season since the inception of the tournament in 2008. In the 2011 edition of the IPL, RCB had retained only Kohli from their team of 2010, sending all the other players into the auction pool. This shows the importance of the Indian skipper to the team.
The prized possession of RCB has captained the team in the past five seasons after Daniel Vettori’s retirement. His record as a captain has been phenomenal, having won 35 of the 70 matches between 2013 and 2017.
IPL 2016 was a memorable season for him as he scored 973 runs in just 16 innings at an average of 81.08, becoming the first batsman to score four centuries in a single season of the tournament in the process.
He should definitely be retained by RCB
2. AB de Villiers
A hard-hitting batsman, a part-time wicket-keeper, and one of the best fielders in the world, there is nothing AB de Villiers can’t do on a cricket field. The experience he carries and the strength he brings to the team are just incredible. He has been one of the three pillars of the RCB team in the past few seasons, the others being Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle.
He has been part of the RCB team since the 2011 edition of the tournament when they bought him for a whopping $1.1 million.
Since then, he has become a crucial batsman for the franchise by transforming the top-order into a power-packed unit. The former South Africa skipper has scored a total of 1200 runs in the 8th and 9th editions of the tournament. He will be close to the top of the list of players likely to be retained by the Royal Challengers.
3. Yuzvendra Chahal
The attacking leg-spinner has been one of the key bowlers in the RCB team in the recent past. His wicket-taking ability is one of his biggest strengths and this makes him Virat Kohli’s go-to bowler in critical situations.
RCB bought Chahal at his base price of Rs. 10 lakhs in the 2014 edition and he grabbed this opportunity very well, bagging 70 wickets in just four seasons. It was his IPL performances that brought him onto the radar of the Indian selectors who spotted his talent and rewarded him with an international call-up. So far, he has been quite successful in international cricket, scalping 22 wickets in 13 T20Is at an economy of 7.31.
Playing for RCB, he finished as the 3rd highest wicket-taker in the 2015 edition and 2nd highest wicket-taker the following season, falling just two wickets short of claiming the Purple Cap.
4. KL Rahul
KL Rahul is one of the most elegant batsmen among the present generation of openers. He was bought by RCB in the 2016 edition of the IPL where he showed his brilliance, scoring 397 runs in 14 innings at an average of 44.11. His strike rate of 146.49 was one of the biggest positives for RCB in the 2016 edition.
He has been a regular face now in the Indian Test and T20 teams. Rahul missed the 2017 edition of the IPL owing to a shoulder injury, leaving a big hole in the RCB line up right at the top. Even Australian great Ricky Ponting considered Rahul’s absence at the top one of the reasons behind RCB’s failure.
5. Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle does not need any introduction when it comes to T20s. The hard-hitting Caribbean batsman has been the pillar of the RCB team ever since he was bought in the middle of the 2011 season as a replacement for the injured Dirk Nannes. On his day, Gayle has the ability to win matches single-handedly.
Chris Gayle is a hard hitter of the white ball and can take apart bowling attacks with ease. The left hander is the only player to score over 10,000 runs in T20 matches, with as many as 18 centuries and 65 fifties. The big man with a heavy bat has hit 872 sixes in the T20 format. He is also the first ever cricketer to score centuries in all three formats of the game.
During his memorable stint with RCB, Gayle has consistently shown his big-hitting ability. He smashed 175 from 66 balls during the 2013 season and broke many records in the process. The destructive opener has hit five centuries by maintaining a strike rate of 151.20. Although he is a shadow of his old self, the left-hander can still produce match-winning knocks in T20 cricket.