In the latest auction of IPL 2016, Shane Watson bagged the biggest deal of the day, bought for Rs 9.5 crore by RCB .Also West Indies legspinner Samuel Badree was bought the second time his name came up, by RCB, for Rs 50 lakh.
Consider this for an IPL side: An opening batsman worth a king’s ransom, a captain in the middle order at the peak of his form, some of the most explosive Indian batting talent in the end and a some decent spinners and fiery fast bowlers to defend a total. And we haven’t even accounted for the all-rounders yet. If ever there was a formula to prepare an insuperable T20 squad then RCB seems to have mastered it. On paper, they are somebody who can beat any team!
But IPL is not about having the best squads; it is about implementing your plans, as former players of Rajasthan Royals would tell you. After the suspension of CSK and RR there seems to be a palpable void in the league as fans re-locate their base to other promising franchisee’s and this is where RCB scores big.
As Shane Watson says It’s a bit strange to be here,” he said. “My previous eight years have been with Rajasthan. I had a lot of fun with that franchise but to be able to come to Bangalore, it’s a huge privilege. The quality that RCB have, to play in such a beautiful stadium in Bangalore, so I feel very privileged to be able to play for this franchise”.
Batting: Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB Devillers ,Sarfaraz Khan ,Mandeep Singh,Kedar Jadhav ,Travis Head,Sachin Baby,KL Rahul
Bowling : Mitchell Starc, Varun Aaron,AN Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kane Richardson,Iqbal Abdulla, Samuel Badree, Parvez Rasool, Sreenath Aravind,Vikramjeet Malik,Vikas Tokas, Adam Milne
Allrounders: Stuart Binny, Shane Watson,David Weise, Akshay Karnewar, Praveen Dubey
Let us look at the probable playing XI ,
Chris Gayle/Mandeep Singh/KL Rahul, Shane Watson,Virat Kohli, AB Devillers, Sarfaraz Khan,Kedar Jadhav/Travis Head,David Weise,Stuart Binny, Yuzvendra Chahal,Sreenath Aravind,Adam Milne/Kane Richardson
At the opening there would be likely go with Gayle and Watson. And in case Gayle’s Fitness would be an issue then they might opt for Indian Player at the opening spot alongwith Watson. One down will the man who is in sublime form and would like to go and win the match for his team Virat Kohli. Then in middle order we have Superman of Cricket AB Devilliers, Pocket Dynamite Sarfaraz Khan and Kedar Jadhav.Then we turn to All-Rounders David Weise and Local Karnataka boy Stuart Binny who can hit few sixes at the end.
In the Bowling Department we have Sreenath Aravind, Yuzvendra Chahal, and one oversea Fast bowler Adam Milne or Kane Richardson. As Mitchell Starc is injured as said by Head Coach Daniel Vettori
“That [Starc] is something we’re going to miss. It’s difficult bowling at the Chinnaswamy and so whenever we had him in the team we knew we had those four overs up our sleeve. That’s a loss but it’s an opportunity for the likes of Adam Milne and Kane Richardson to step up and fill in that slot.”
And then Virat has option of three allrounder to play around with David Weise, Stuart Binny and Shane Watson.
The Spin Department looks a bit slick as Samuel Badree is injured,Once Badree returns to the camp he would definately find easy to find the plase in playing XI.