The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) team bought six players in the recent Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 auction. These players include Sonu Yadav, Avinash Singh, Rajan Kumar, Manoj Bhandage, Will Jacks, Himanshu Sharma, and Reece Topley.
However, former Indian cricket player Aakash Chopra has commented that despite these additions, the team will still struggle in the upcoming season due to a lack of a strong middle-order batter.
According to Chopra, RCB attempted to purchase several top players, such as Harry Brook, Mayank Agarwal, Sam Curran, Cameron Green, Ben Stokes, and Manish Pandey, but ultimately were unable to afford them due to having only 8.75 crores to spend.
“They went searching for a middle-order batter and because of that, they went after Harry Brook, Mayank Agarwal, Sam Curran, Cameron Green, Ben Stokes and Manish Pandey. They couldn’t take any of them because they had only 8.75 crores. You won’t even get their shadows with that much money,” said Chopra on his YouTube channel.
He explained that the team already had a strong retained squad, including good openers Faf du Plessis, Virat Kohli, Finn Allen, and Anuj Rawat, as well as middle-order batters Rajat Patidar and Suyash Prabhudessai, and wicketkeepers Dinesh Karthik and Anuj Rawat. The team also has a number of all-rounders, including Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Mahipal Lomror, Wanindu Hasaranga, Will Jacks, Manoj Bhandage, and Sonu Yadav.
“If we talk about the XI – former captain Virat Kohli with Faf du Plessis, then Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik. When I say this, every time I feel that Maxwell is mercurial, and then Shahbaz Ahmed, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik – not the right kind of middle order,” he concluded.
He specifically mentioned Glenn Maxwell as a “mercurial” player who is not a good fit for this position, and also highlighted Shahbaz Ahmed, Mahipal Lomror, and Dinesh Karthik as not being suitable for the role either.