Royal Challengers Bangalore is one of the favourites in IPL and they have had their moments. However, if we look at their overall performance there are clear signs that they fail to deliver. The IPL 2019 given them another opportunity to redeem themselves but before that, they need to take care of a few issues during the mid-December auction.
A reliable opener
Ahead of the auctions, Royal Challengers Bangalore has released their IPL 2018 openers Quinton De Kock, Mandeep Singh and Brendon McCullum. Now the only player they have to open with is Parthiv Patel as the skipper Virat Kohli bats at number 3.
With a weak top order, RCB will definitely want to get their hands on at least 2 openers this IPL auction. Given the options available to them, they might want to pick Aaron Finch, D’Arcy Short, the debutant Shimron Hetmyer or Jason Roy.
Solid Middle-order Player
In the context of middle-order playing ability, RCB only has two reliable players who can drive the team-Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. But these two are certain to bat at no 3rd and 4th positions respectively so RCB will need a good player to bat at number 5.
With no good Indian opener available for them in the auction, Bangalore will target a solid overseas batsman who can take care of their middle order woes. For RCB any one of these players will be ideal for middle-order play-Saurabh Tiwari, Heinrich Klaasen, Glenn Maxwell, Manoj Tiwari, Yuvraj Singh and Gurkeerat Singh Mann.
A Backup Keeper
In their bowling slot and all-rounders, RCB has plenty of options available. Marcus Stoinis, Washington Sundar, Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi and Colin de Grandhomme all are excellent all-rounders that Bangalore can use for its benefit. The same goes for bowling power. With Nathan Coulter-Nile, Yuzvendra, Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Tim Southee and Umesh Yadav team has enough bowlers.
The team still needs a reliable wicketkeeper as a backup for Parthiv Patel as he is no longer a reliable batting option for the team. This is why Royal Challengers Bangalore will need a reliable backup wicketkeeper. The most viable options can be the South African wicketkeeper-batsman, Heinrich Klaasen, Wriddhiman Saha or Naman Ojha.