IPL Mega Auction 2022: RCB may select Harshal, Brevis, Holder and Chahal

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IPL RCB Team 2022 List of Players: The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) tend to break the bank for the most hyped players of the year only to end up being disappointed when they don’t live up to expectations.

The biggest criticism of RCB in the tournament was its over-reliance on the Kohli-de Villiers duo, who prioritized a top-heavy batting team rather than a bowling spearhead. RCB have retained Virat Kohli (Rs 15 crore), Glenn Maxwell (Rs 11 crore) and Mohammed Siraj (Rs 7 crore).

With Rs 57 crore in their wallets, RCB have an opportunity to start fresh and early signs are they are on the right track after identifying solid core in Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and Mohammad Siraj.

Here are the 5 players RCB could go for during the Mega Auction:

Harshal Patel (Base Price: Rs 2 crore): Harshal Patel finished the IPL with 32 wickets, tied with Dwayne Bravo for most wickets each season. Few bowlers have mastered the art of dipping Yorkers. Lasith Malinga was one, a natural for his slingshot action. Dwayne Bravo picked it up over time. Patel also scooped a handful of wickets with his slowly dipping Yorkers.

Harshal Patel (Instagram/Harshal Patel)

Jason Holder (Base Price: Rs 1.5 crore): Former West Indies captain and one of the world’s best all-rounders Jason Holder could prove to be one of the biggest buys in this edition of the Indian Premier League mega auction as Royal Challengers Bangalore are expected to bid heavily for him. While auction dynamics cannot be predicted, Holder has emerged as a potent IPL auction star, which is often the case with multi-skilled players where the market dictates value.

West Indies, Jason Holder, West Indies Jason Holder, Jason Holder West Indies, Sports News, Indian Express Jason Holder. (Courtesy of CWI)

Dewald Brevis (Base Price: Rs 20 lakh): With AB de Villiers dropping out of the IPL auction, RCB could go ahead and pick its imitator Dewald Brevis. Just like his childhood hero, Brevis can play Lap Shot, Scoop, Switch Hit, Ramp, Reverse Sweep. Brevis took the U-19 World Championship by storm, hitting 506 runs in six innings for an 84.33 average while winning seven wickets on his leg spin.

World U19 Championship, AB de Villiers, Brevis Just like his childhood hero AB de Villiers, Dewald Brevis can play Lap Shot, Scoop, Switch Hit, Ramp, Reverse Sweep.

Yuzvendra Chahal (Base Price: Rs 2 crore):: Indian spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is a fixture for RCB in the IPL. Skillful Leggie has played most of his games for the Bengaluru team. Chahal, 31, has 139 goals in 114 games. The leg spinner was one of the most notable omissions from India’s T20 World Cup squad, but his recent performance against West Indies at home is a reminder that he’s gotten his groove back.

Yuzvendra Chahal RCB Yuzvendra Chahal was far from his best in the first leg of the India IPL (file)

Devdutt Padikkal (Base Price: Rs 2 crore): Devdutt Padikkal has been a prolific run-getter for RCB in recent seasons. The young opener has accumulated 884 runs in 29 IPL games, including 101 balls from 52 on a batting average of nearly 200 against the Rajasthan Royals in the first half of the 2021 IPL. It’s his temper as well as his punches that are making his horde swell Admirer. India coach Ravi Shastri wrote on Twitter that he had “made it so easy to beat looks”. Kumar Sangakkara was blown away by his “maturity to go through the innings.” Brian Lara considers him a “great talent”.

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