Aakash Chopra picked three Indians and a foreign player from the team as retentions for RCB for a mega auction.
Former India opener Aakash Chopra is one of several pundits who have started to announce the possible team combinations of the eight Indian Premier League franchises (initial loading) could search. IPL‘s perennial underachievers, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), have finally managed to put the team together well over the past two years. Often criticized for picking heavy hitting superstars, the RCB now has a good pool of bowlers who can pose an equal threat to hitters.
With the new additions of Glenn Maxwell and Kyle Jamieson who performed well in the first half of the 14e edition of IPL, the franchise, with Virat Kohli and Ab de Villiers, will seek to blend youth and experience in the mega auction for IPL 2022.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Chopra added that the franchise would definitely pick Kohli and De Villiers, but was unsure who they would eventually pick as the third and fourth players in the mega auction. “Other than the Mumbai Indians and the Delhi Capitals, I don’t see any other franchise that can hold four players. If you look towards RCB, then Virat Kohli will be the first retention, the second retention will be AB de Villiers.
Aakash Chopra chooses Devdutt Padikkal and Yuzvendra Chahal as the other two retentions for RCB
The 43-year-old went with the Karnataka player Devdutt Padikkal and leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal as his other two options, which he believes RCB could keep. While the former enjoyed a decisive first season scoring over 400 in the 2020 IPL, the latter has been an integral part of the Red and Gold franchise for the past five years.
“For the third one, I will think of Yuzi Chahal and Devdutt Padikkal, one of them. In fact, I will want to keep three Indians, Yuzi Chahal, Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli – the three Indians and a foreign player in the AB de Villiers That’s it, so it’s another team that can actually retain four players.
The team will be looking to sue the Right to Match Card (RTM) for Jamieson and Maxwell, for whom they broke their bank by bombing 15 and 14 crore respectively.