IPL 2019: Players Whose Careers Dwindled After Leaving RCB

Royal Challengers Bangalore made crucial changes in the team before the auctions. They released players like Quinton De Kock and Brendon McCullum this year. Earlier, they gave up crucial players like KL Rahul and Chris Gayle before the IPL auctions 2017 but the duo did a great job for Kings XI Punjab. Though players like Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers, Yuzwendra Chahal, and Manish Pandey came into limelight with franchise, a few of the outstanding players are not the part of team now. Here is the list of few players whose career fell into darkness after leaving the franchise.

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  1. Ross Taylor

Fondly called Roaring Taylor, Ross Taylor did a great job as an opener in the T20 format. He was a part of RCB during IPL 2008 and did a good job for the team. But later he played for Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Daredevils, and Pune Warriors after being released by the team in 2011. He captained RCB for few games in 2009 and in eight years he slammed 500 runs at a strike rate of 109.10. His best score was 55 and he was out of auctions since 2014. He was left unsold in the auctions since 2015.

  1. Zahir Khan

He was one of the versatile pacers for the Indian side and he had his twilight days in RCB franchise. He represented the team from 2008 to 2010. He was the core bowler for Indian side for 15 years. In his IPL career, he picked 49 wickets from 44 games at the strike rate of one wicket per 20 balls. Later he shifted to Mumbai Indians in 2011 and played two seasons. He picked just 25 wickets from 26 games.  He played for Delhi Daredevils later and picked 26 wickets from 30 games.  He retired from all the formats and acted as a mentor for a few franchises since a couple of years.

  1. Praveen Kumar

He was one of the crucial bowlers for RCB and retired from all the formats of cricket when his career was at the peak stage. He played 38 matches for RCB and picked 34 wickets at a strike rate of 24.19 and his best being 3/18. He bowled 139.2 overs in total for RCB. He was released from the franchise in 2011 and turned to Punjab, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Gujarat Lions. But he picked just 49 wickets from 6 seasons. He could not build a flourishing career due to injury woes and disciplinary issues and was left unsold in 2018 auctions.

  1. Varun Aaron

He was an efficient bowler who could bowl at a speed of 130- 140kmph in domestic circuits but could not make his way to international cricket. He earlier played for Kolkata Knight Riders in 2011 and Delhi Daredevils in 2012-13. He picked just 15 wickets from 18 games in that spell. For RCB, he picked 21 wickets from 24 games by bowling 77.4 overs. He was one of the crucial bowlers for RCB between 2014-16 but faded away later.

  1. Dilshan Tillakaratne

He was one of the versatile batsmen for Sri Lanka and Dil-scoop shot was his famous shot. For Delhi Daredevils, he slammed 566 runs from 27 matches at an average of 24.61 at a strike rate above 119. For RCB, his best scores were 67* and 76*. He slammed 587 runs from 25 matches. In 2014, his performance was not very impressive and was left unsold in IPL 2014. With time, his career in SriLankan cricket also came to an end.