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IPL 2021 auction preview: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) squad details

Royal Challengers Bangalore

The 2020 IPL season ended for Royal Challengers Bangalore as many a season in the past has ended. With a series of defeats, no trophy and questions over Virat Kohli’s captaincy. But the early part of the season was so impressive for the team that they managed to re-enter the post-season after a couple of poor campaigns. The way it ended clouded over the fact RCB actually had a pretty season overall.

Results in last three seasons

SeasonLeague stage finishPlayoff result
IPL 20186th
IPL 20198th
IPL 20204thLost in Eliminator

Speaking on Star Sports when the retentions were confirmed, former New Zealand and CSK all-rounder Scott Styris was stunned looking at the names that RCB had let go. He could not quite come to terms with the fact that the team chose to go for a massive overhaul despite a playoff finish. But in essence, except for Chris Morris perhaps, the team management did not let go of any indispensable member of the squad (and Aaron Finch simply did not do enough to merit retention).

Players released after IPL 2020: Chris Morris, Shivam Dube, Aaron Finch, Umesh Yadav, Dale Steyn, Moeen Ali, Parthiv Patel, Pawan Negi, Isuru Udana, Gurkeerat Mann

Player traded in: Harshal Patel and Daniel Sams from DC

RCB squad for IPL 2021 ahead of auction

BatsmenBowlersWicketkeepersAllrounders
Virat KohliMohammed SirajAB de VilliersWashington Sundar
Devdutt PadikkalNavdeep SainiJosh PhillipeHarshal Patel
Pavan DeshpandeYuzvendra ChahalDaniel Sams
Pavan Deshpande
Shahbaz Ahmed
Adam Zampa
Kane Richardson

There could be quite a bit of inflating and deflating going on from the RCB table. They have the most slots left to fill in the squad (even if they don’t *have* to, like they left a few empty last season). There is no doubt that the focus would be on getting three good overseas players to improve their existing Indian core.

Salary cap remaining: Rs 35.40 crores  

Overall slots remaining: 11

Overseas slots remaining: 3

Areas to target

  • Middle-order power-hitter
  • Indian wicketkeeper
  • Top order overseas batsman
  • Spin-bowling allrounder

IPL 2021: Purse & squad details before auction

FranchiseNo of PlayersNo of Overseas PlayersPurse remaining (Rs crores)Available SlotsOverseas Slots
CSK19719.961
DC17513.483
KXIP16353.295
KKR17610.7582
MI18415.3574
RR16537.8593
RCB14535.4113
SRH22710.7531

The auction will be telecast on Star Sports Network on 18 February from 3 pm IST.