The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) squad for the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) may not have much local flair after a subpar auction, but the three finalists still have the personnel to compete. fight for the title.
As well as buying out Wanindu Hasaranga and Harshal Patel for exorbitant sums, RCB have signed proven names like Faf du Plessis and Dinesh Karthik to accompany their three retentions – Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and Mohammed Siraj. They’ve filled the rest of their roster with exciting domestic talent.
The RCB team for IPL 2022: Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Siraj, Faf du Plessis, Dinesh Karthik, Anuj Rawat, Finn Allen, Akash Deep, Josh Hazlewood, Jason Behrendorff, Chama Milind, Karn Sharma, Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Shahbaz Ahmed, Mahipal Lomror, Sherfane Rutherford, Suyash Prabhudessai, Aneeshwar Gautam, David Willey, Luvnith Sisodia, Siddharth Kaul
Here is RCB’s strongest XI for the IPL 2022 season.
Openers: Faf du Plessis (c), Anuj Rawat
Faf du Plessis narrowly missed the Orange Cap in IPL 2021 opening batting for the Chennai Super Kings, and he is expected to continue in the same role for RCB.
When it comes to the captaincy, RCB have to choose between Du Plessis, Karthik and Maxwell, and the South African looks like the best option. While Karthik’s captaincy saga with the Kolkata Knight Riders didn’t make good reading, Maxwell might not want the leadership to get in the way of his stick.
Du Plessis’ partner remains uncertain. Kohli opened in the last IPL season but struggled with the strike rate, leaving the middle order with too much work to do. A return to No.3 could work well for the former RCB captain, with striker Anuj Rawat – who recently opened for Delhi in T20 – replacing him at the top.
Middle Order: Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk)
After Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, whose spin will be absolutely invaluable to a higher order of the RCB who may have trouble moving on. The Aussie has had a spectacular season in 2021 and will also have to contribute to his lag as the only bowler in the eleven to be able to deflect his stock ball away from left-handed.
Mahipal Lomror played some eye-catching cameos for the Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2021 and is another impactful option in the middle order. The young southpaw provides a bowling option and is a confident hitter who has the ability to cross the boundary consistently.
Dinesh Karthik, who will be returning to the franchise he once played for, will top the middle order. The keeper’s batting form has been far too inconsistent in recent IPL seasons, and a return to familiar territory could unlock his true abilities as a finisher.
Versatile: Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Shahbaz Ahmed
RCB’s most expensive signatures in the auction, Hasaranga and Harshal, make up the lower middle order. While the Sri Lankan will be the main spinner, Harshal will look to play his role as a death specialist.
Playing Shahbaz Ahmed would leave RCB with just three fast front row bowlers in the playing XI, but the team doesn’t really have many options off the bench unless they want to field someone like Akash Deep.
Ahmed has played well each time he has played for the franchise, and Maxwell and Hasaranga’s ability to hit hard overs could tempt RCB to come in with the left-arm spinner, who can also contribute with some practice runs.
Bowlers: Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood
RCB’s frontline pacers – Mohammed Siraj and Josh Hazlewood – are in excellent bowling form at the moment. Siraj is slowly establishing himself as one of India’s first-choice point guards in all formats, while Hazlewood is behind a winning IPL campaign with Chennai Super Kings and has done extremely well for Australia at the level. international.
RCB’s strongest XI: Faf du Plessis (c), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Shahbaz Ahmed, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood
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