Before the commencement of auctions for IPL 2019, RCB released crucial players like Quinton De Kock and expects to find new faces to change their poor history of performances in the previous tournaments. The auction for IPL 2019 might take place in a couple of weeks. Though the team seems strong in batting with players like Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, there are no crucial players to shoulder the bowling attack except Umesh Yadav and Yuzwendra Chahal. Though the squad came up with 7 specialist bowlers like Tim Southee and Nathan Coulter Niel, they could not do up to the expectations. Here are few predictions about the bowlers whom RCB might bag in the upcoming auction.
- Mustafizur Rahman
He shouldered the bowling department of Sunrisers Hyderabad along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar in IPL 2016. He is one of the specialist death over bowlers. He succeeded to hand the team its maiden title in 2016 by picking 17 wickets from 16 matches. He was prone to frequent injuries and played only one game for SRH in 2017. In 2018, he was picked by Mumbai Indians and picked 7 wickets from that series but still could not regain his past glory.
Since they lack a specialist death over the bowler and a left arm pacer, Virat Kohli’s franchise might opt to choose this Bangladeshi bowler to strengthen the squad.
- Ben Laughlin
He is one of the experienced death over bowlers and picked 7 wickets from 9 games in IPL 2018 for Rajasthan Royals at an economy rate of 10.12. He stood as the highest wicket-taker for Big Bash League 2017 by picking 16 wickets from 12 games at an economy rate of 8.36. His best performance in IPL 2018 was 2/15 against RCB. He did well in the New Zealand Super Smash League as well. If he keeps on his splendid performance in BBL 2018, he will be the first choice for RCB which needs a death over bowler badly.
- James Faulkner
He is one of the most experienced spinners and was a versatile batsman. He played in seven consecutive IPL tournaments from 2011 to 2017. He picked 59 wickets from 60 matches at an economy rate of 8.69 and slammed 527 runs from a strike rate of 135.47. He was out of the IPL due to poor performances in T20s worldwide and tried to bounce back with 24 wickets from 22 T20 innings this year at an economy rate of 7.85. Since the team is in the need of versatile players like Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, and Pandya Brothers, the franchise might go for this experienced bowler with a fat cheque since he is more familiar with Indian conditions.