Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra picked his Royal Challengers Bangalore's (RCB) ideal playing XI for IPL 2021 ahead of the start of the new Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) season.
Notably, RCB bought Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell for Rs 14.25 crore, despite the horror Maxwell had in the UAE. RCB also roped in New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson for Rs 15 crore, making him one of the most expensive players in IPL history. Daniel Christian was also roped in for Rs 4.8 crore while Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Suyash Prabhudesai, and KS Bharat were the uncapped players bought by RCB at the auctions.
"Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli along with him, Patidar at No.3, AB de Villiers at No.4, then Glenn Maxwell at No.5 and Dan Christian at No.6.
Chopra pointed out that the Royal Challengers Bangalore does not have any recognised Indian lower middle-order batsmen and will thus require Glenn Maxwell and Dan Christian to perform that role.
"Patidar is a good player but he is new. Maxwell is already very late at No.5. You want to push him up the order but if you try to do that, Patidar will be the casualty. He will be of no use if he comes down the order. You have taken Azharuddeen but he is an opener and will not be able to bat down the order. They will have to play Dan Christian out of compulsion," added Chopra.
"At No.7 you have got Washington Sundar, at No.8 you have got Kyle Jamieson, at No.9 you have got Chahal and then two fast bowlers - Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini. Jamieson, Dan Christian, Maxwell, and AB will make the four overseas players," said Chopra.
"The team is not looking that bad. So hopefully if they are able to sort their lower middle-order and death bowling concerns and get off to a good start, who knows 2021 could always be a better year than 2020," signed off Chopra.
Royal Challengers Bangalore begin their IPL 2021 campaign against the Mumbai Indians in the season opener on April 9 in Chennai.