Auction strategy of RCB for IPL 2024: List of 6 players the franchise should target in the upcoming event
Many surprises are unfolding with a unique auction strategy of RCB for IPL 2024 by releasing 11 players ahead of the event. At present, the franchise aims to target consistent performers with a remaining purse value of INR 23.25 crores.
Compared to other franchises, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has the 4th highest remaining purse value following these teams:
- Gujarat Titans (GT):38.15 crores INR
- Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): 32.7 crores INR
- Chennai Super Kings (CSK): 31.4 crores INR
Additionally, the batting unit for RCB has been strengthened by retaining Virat Kohli, Faf Du Plessis, and Glenn Maxwell. Also, Rajat Patidar and the trade of Cameron Green from Mumbai Indians add a strong depth to the batting lineup.
Unlike the previous season, the top and middle order seem to be stabilized. RCB has invested an overall sum of INR 76.75 crore to build their current squad.
At present, the franchise comprises 19 players, with 5 of them being overseas cricketers.
It becomes evident that 6 slots are remaining, out of which 3 overseas players can be invited.
The bowling department lacks power with Mohammad Siraj and Cameron Green being the only experienced fast pacers.
Moreover, the auction strategy of RCB for IPL 2024, not only aims to seal the playoffs but also strives to shed their “chokers tag” by aiming to clinch their maiden IPL trophy.
RCB, under Faf Du Plessis’s captaincy, qualified for the playoffs but missed an inch to reach the IPL 2022 finals. Whereas, in the previous edition, the franchise led by the same South African cricketer was unable to reach the playoffs.
Auction strategy of RCB for IPL 2024:Top 6 players the franchise should target
The Auction strategy of RCB for IPL 2024 proves to be effective by aiming to target these 5 players to provide a tough battle to the opponents:
1. Travis Head (Australia):
Every franchise would certainly demand the 29-year-old Australian opener.
Especially, his match-winning century of 137 runs from 120 balls during the CWC 2023 finals, completely snatched the victory against the men-in-blue.
In IPL, Travis Head has accumulated an overall of 205 runs in 10 innings. It includes a single half-century with his highest score of 75 runs. Also, head grabbed 2 wickets in 5 innings.
Whereas in T20Is, Head scored 554 runs in 22 innings which includes a half-century with his highest score of 75 runs. Also, Travis Head grabbed a wicket in 4 T20I innings as a part-time bowler.
As a right-arm part-time spin bowler, Head’s ability to grab crucial wickets can adjust the loopholes in RCB’s bowling department.
The Auction strategy of RCB for IPL 2024 includes targeting Travis Head to enhance their batting lineup as well as an alternative for spin bowling.
Apart from his excellent performance with the bat and ball, Travis Head can take stunning catches. The Australian cricketer has an outstanding ability to dive flexibly on the ground and take the most formidable catches.
For instance, in the CWC 2023 finals, Travis Head marked the game-changing moments for Australia by taking a spectacular catch of the Indian explosive opener Rohit Sharma.
2. Mitchell Starc (Australia):
The Australian bowler can contribute as a part-time batsman by batting steadily at the tail-enders.
Another auction strategy of RCB for IPL 2024, plans a homecoming moment for Mitchell Starc who made his last appearance for the franchise in 2015.
Mitchell Starc’s comeback would prove to be an additional 3rd experienced pacer for RCB along with Mohammad Siraj and Cameron Green.
The 33-year-old’s contribution to RCB includes taking 34 wickets in just 26 innings.
Parallely, Mumbai Indians is another franchise that aims to secure the services of this pace bowler.
The IPL 2024 auction strategy of RCB should be effective and unique in such a way as to overcome the Mumbai Indians’ plan.
3. Adil Rashid (England):
The 35-year-old England bowler has played only 3 IPL matches by taking 2 wickets. Adil Rashid should enhance tremendous growth in his IPL career by delivering a promising performance for the franchise.
Contrarily, the spin bowler has played 99 T20I matches. Out of which, Adil Rashid grabbed 98 wickets in 95 innings. This indicates his best experience in the shorter formats of the game.
Securing Adil Rashid would prove to be the effective auction strategy of RCB for IPL 2024.
Ultimately, Adil Rashid as a spin bowler can add fuel to the bowling unit and pose challenges for the opponent batsman on a batting-friendly pitch.
4. Shardul Thakur (India):
The 32-year-old pace bowler has taken 89 wickets in 83 IPL innings. Securing Shardul Thakur would be the most promising auction strategy of RCB for IPL 2024 to increase the depth of the bowling line-up.
Also, Shardul Thakur can uplift his team’s total by batting steadily at the tail-enders.
Whereas in T20Is, Shardul has taken 33 wickets in just 24 innings. Moreover, the Indian cricketer could be the best choice for RCB to afford at a reasonable price.
5. Karthik Tyagi (India):
The young bowler has a good track record in domestic matches as well as in IPL. With 15 wickets in 19 innings, it would be a wise auction strategy of RCB for IPL 2024, to secure this rising talent at a decent sum of money.
Karthik Tyagi should maximize the opportunity in the forthcoming IPL season to keep his active chances of participating in international matches.
6. Shah Rukh Khan (India):
With 426 runs in 31 innings, Shah Rukh Khan as an all-rounder can make a boosting contribution to his franchise. As a finishing batsman, he can upgrade his team’s total score as well as guide his team in successful run chases.
However, as a spin bowler, he has to prove his abilities by providing a perfect backup to the RCB bowling unit.