Royal Challengers Bangalore coach Mike Hesson revealed strategy behind exit Chris Morris ahead of the 2021 IPL auction to be held in February. The Royal Challengers Bangalore team advanced to the playoffs last season after making strong appearances in the league stages. IPL 2020 took place in the United Arab Emirates without any spectators on the pitch and RCB was one of the most outstanding teams in the IPL last year.
That said, the Royal Challengers Bangalore have never won an IPL Trophy which is very surprising with the squad they have. They have two of the most destructive beaters and match winners of the current century in the form of captain Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers, but have failed to deliver the performances they would have liked.
RCB has released many players including Chris Morris
The Royal Challengers Bangalore decided to let a lot of players go into the auction and the most surprising decision was the release of Chris Morris who was one of their top bowlers in the last IPL. Chris Morris managed to pick up 11 wickets in 9 games at an economic rate of just 6.63 which are very good numbers in T20 cricket. It can also use its long shaft and can be nimble in sequence with a few vigorous strokes towards the end of the innings.
He was indeed a great acquisition but could not be fit for the crucial stages of the tournament which was a worrying sign for the Royal Challengers Bangalore who had a lot of issues with their bowling alley.
“As a 10 crore signing, Morris was a big part of our resource. But he had a few injuries and missed a lot of cricket. Morris has not played top level cricket since then so there is a risk. As for Finch, it didn’t quite work out for him the way we would have liked. We have (Australian wicket keeper-batsman) Josh Philippe as order cover (for Finch), “ said Mike Hesson.
Aaron Finch Posted by RCB
Aaron Finch, who is the captain of the Australian cricket team’s white ball, was also released by the RCB team due to his poor performance with the bat. Mike Hesson mentioned that Josh Philippe could be the best cover for Aaron Finch as a top-notch hitter as well as the wicket guard option he offers. Aaron Finch hasn’t won in the IPL like the white ball format for Australia for a long time now and he has jumped in many teams.
Bold Diaries: Mike Hesson explains RCB’s retention strategy
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