13th edition of IPL 2020 was not the season to remember for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) who fell short to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Eliminator to crash out. However it could manage to make it to playoffs on the basis on NRR.
They made astonishing four changes in the playing XI for the Eliminator, which displayed the team’s struggles.
Going into the next season, RCB wants to amend from IPL 2020 and would aim to do well in the upcoming season. While the fans wait to hear a final word regarding the future of IPL 2021 auction, here’s a look at three players RCB might eye before that through trade –
Chris Lynn from Mumbai Indians
Young Devdutt Padikkal emerged as RCB’s highest run-scorer with 473 runs but none of the other openers could compliment him. Aaron Finch, could only managed 268 runs in 12 matches. Josh Philippe, who replaced Finch, scored 78 runs at a strike-rate of 101.29. Low strike-rates was one of the weakest links in RCB.
In the end, skipper Virat Kohli himself failed and he only managed 6 off seven in the must-win tie.
The right-handed Chris Lynn is one of the top performers in this format and has 5234 runs at a strike-rate of 142.88.
Lynn is unlikely to get a chance next year as well. Hence, RCB might eye Lynn in the pre-auction trade. Though the five-time champions might be reluctant to give away Lynn.
Oshane Thomas from Rajasthan Royals
A really quick bowler, Oshane Thomas has been part of IPL for two seasons but has only played four matches and is being called An underrated player at every level has 57 wickets in 39 List A matches and 53 scalps in 39 T20s. Also, he has a five-for in T20Is.
Seeing his age and pace Thomas can be a welcome addition to RCB’s pace attack in the long run.and is highly likely to release Umesh Yadav and Dale Steyn and they will need quality pacers going into the next season.
David Miller from Rajasthan Royals
Apart from Virat Kohli and Ab de Villiers RCB needs a couple of more finishers to ease off the pressure. Team is more or less reliant on Virat Kohli and Ab de Villiers who has done the finishing job on the majority of occasions.
David Miller, could be the best options available and he can solve RCB’s finishing woes. The South Africa batsman was bought by Rajasthan Royals at his base price of Rs 75 lakh. He only played one match, in which he was run-out without facing even one ball. It remains to be seen if RR let go Miller to RCB if they ask for his services.