IPL 2021 RCB Playing XI: Kohli’s big headache; Will Maxwell find place in 4 overseas slots

IPL 2021 RCB Playing XI: Kohli's big headache; Will Maxwell find place in 4 overseas slots

IPL 2021 RCB Playing XI: Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore made some big-money signings in the IPL Auctions 2021 in a bid to secure their maiden title. However, Kohli faces a major headache, given their marquee signing and dynamic Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has been in disappointing form.

Maxwell’s poor show: In the ongoing NZ vs AUS T20 series, Maxwell, who was bought for 14.25cr in the auction has looked a pale shadow of his former self and gave below-par performance.

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1st T20 vs New Zealand – Maxwell was out for just 1 run of 5 Balls
2nd T20 vs New Zealand – Out for 3 Runs of 5 Balls

In the last season of IPL (IPL 2020) as well, the right-hander played 13 matches scoring just 108 runs at a forgetful average of 15.42. With the ball too, Maxwell’s contribution was limited and could just manage 3 scalps throughout the season.

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IPL 2021 Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) full list of overseas players:

AB De Villiers (South Africa), Josh Philippe (Australia), Adam Zampa (Australia), Kane Richardson (Australia), Kyle Jamieson (New Zealand), Glenn Maxwell (Australia), Dan Christian (Australia)

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IPL 2021: Who can be RCB’s four first-choice overseas players?

1. AB de Villiers– He is arguably the most destructive batsman in the history of the league and his ability to score runs consistently while being quite aggressive is very rare. He has averaged in excess of 44 in each of the last three seasons while striking in excess of 150.

ABD even kept wickets last season, but that might not be the case this season and someone like Mohammed Azharuddeen might take up that role.

Joshua Philippe: The young Australian might have had a slow start to his IPL career, but has changed gears since then and is ready to be back again this season to make his mark.

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Philippe has been in flamboyant form in BBL 10, finishing as the 3rd highest run-scorer with a total of 508 runs in 16 matches at an impressive strike rate of 149.41

Playing Philippe would also solve RCB’s top-order woes and will see Padikkal have a steady partner if the duo manages to perform successfully.

3. Kyle Jamieson– Jamieson being bought for Rs. 15 crores was possibly the biggest surprise of the auction as he hasn’t quite proven himself as a top T20 player for his country or even in his country’s domestic competition.

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While his big-hitting talent with the bat and ability to swing the ball and extract bounce due to his height are well known, it is the fact that he hasn’t proven himself as a death bowler that raised question marks over the price tag. RCB will hope that they have invested in the right player to solve their death bowling issues.

4. Daniel Christian– After going unsold in the last two auctions, Dan Christian is back in the IPL and he received quite a hefty bid of Rs. 4.8 crores. He was impressive in the Big Bash as he scored 272 runs at a strike-rate of 182.55 and even picked up 15 wickets from 16 games for Sydney Sixers.

He will slot into the lower middle-order and as an experienced player, he will have to take some burden off ABD in terms of finishing the innings while also chipping in with a few overs as a bowler.

Royal Challenger’s Bangalore (RCB) Probable Playing XI: 1. Devdutt Paddikal 2. Josh Phillipe 3. Virat Kohli 4. AB de Villiers 5. Glenn Maxwell 6. Mohammed Azharuddeen 7. Dan Christian 8. Yuzvendra Chahal 9. Kyle Jamieson 11. Mohammed Siraj