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IPL 2020: 3 Players RCB could do without next season


The performance of RCB has been much better this season as compared to previous seasons. The team which pretty much finished in the bottom half of the table every season managed to finish in the top half of the table. This can be mainly attributed to new finds like Devdutt Padikkal who was phenomenal with his bat. It won’t be a surprise if we soon see this young man in the Indian team. Today we will focus on the players which didn’t get it right for the RCB.

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Dale Steyn: Once the heart of SRH’s pace attack, Steyn failed to perform well for RCB this season. Age and injury issues haven’t permitted Steyn to play international cricket in the recent past. His lack of form was visible in the 3 matches that he played for RCB this season. He could scalp only one wicket and be hit at an economy of 11.40. That was much higher than his IPL career average economy of 6.9. With other overseas pacers in the team like Isuru Udana performing well, Steyn’s impact on RCB is limited.

Umesh Yadav: Out of favor from the Indian Cricket Team, and already 33 years of age, Umesh Yadav is one of the players who is replaceable. Yadav played only 2 matches for RCB this season and was hit with an economy of 11.85 in the seven overs that he managed to bowl. He did not pick up a single wicket. Consequently, he was dropped from the playing XI and did not get any more chances on the field. With the likes of younger bowlers like Mohammad Siraj and Navdeep Saini in the team, Yadav is more of a deadweight for RCB. With many young bowlers have come up in recent years, Yadav isn’t even a good back-up option for RCB. RCB can explore new pace options instead of the next season.

Parthiv Patel: Already 35 years of age, Parthiv Patel doesn’t look like a great wicket-keeper or even a back-up batting option for RCB. He did not get to play a single game this season. With Josh Phillippe already in the team and De Villiers keeping wickets well this season, there is no room for Parthiv Patel. As the seasons progress, his probability of getting a spot in the playing XI will decrease further. He has been brilliant in the past for the franchises that he has played for, but now he looks redundant. For better opportunities, it would be advisable for him to leave RCB in the upcoming seasons.

RCB looked somewhat better in this season in terms of the squad balance that they had. But certainly, they can perform better with a more consistent batting line up and tapping in upcoming Indian talent rather than filling up their squad with under-performing overseas players. It has always been evident that the strongest team on paper might not be the strongest one on the ground. Stay tuned for more such articles from THE SPORTS DOYEN!


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