Saturday, January 22, 2011

The IPL Bazaar - The losers and gainers - Royal Challengers Bangalore

After a disastrous performance in the first edition of ipl, RCB pulled up their socks, changed the captain and put up impressive performances in the next two editions. When asked about retaining players, to everyone’s surprise they retained Virat Kohli while they had Kevin Pietersen , Dale Steyn ,Cameron White. But their decision has so far proven wise as Virat Kohli is ominous form.

The captain of the two previous editions Anil Kumble choose wisely to become the manager of the team and his decision was widely reflected in the auction when some players did not get bids or got bids for lower value. Let us now see what team they have got.

In bowling front they have considerably strengthened the line up, They got india’s best fast bowler Zaheer Khan, slinging Nannes, good swing bowler in langveldt and one of the most economic spinners in Daniel Vettori. In addition they have also got local talent abhimanyu mithun , a budding fast-bowler and also southafrican van der wath..

In batting department the young hero Virat Kohli, last year’s ipl find   Saurabh tiwari, Cheteshwer Pujara. They also managed to bid successfully  for srilanka’s dashing opener Tillekaratne Dilshan, Australian left hander Luke Pomersch bach and South Africa’s most successful batsman AB De Villers. If they are able to procure Manish Pandey then they seem to have the most balanced side in this years ipl.

My RCB X1- Virat Kohli(C), Saurabh Tiwary, Manish Pandey, Zaheer Khan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Abhimanyu Mithun, Dirk Nannes, AB de Villiers(Wc), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Daniel Vettori and another local batsman.

With such a balanced side they surely are one of the main contenders of the cup and have the side which can go al the ways to the final. The only thing to watch out for is, who will be serving as captain .will it be vettori or zaheer khan.That would be interesting to watch out.

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