In sports, adulation and hatred are often presented as two sides of the same coin. Successful teams - be it Man United in football, or the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, or even the Australian cricket team - are loved by a set of fans often get criticism from rival supporters for the same reason.
This is, however, a stark contrast to animosity and veneration that one team in the IPL receives – Royal Challengers Bangalore. The team has never actually won the IPL crown, despite getting agonizingly close a couple of times, but it isn’t really the
Like most teams, RCB
Even though RCB have never won a title in the 10 years of their existence, they always start every single campaign as one of the major favorites but it has never really materialized into anything tangible. But RCB do have hope, and better yet they have Virat Kohli, about to trade his sherwani for a bat and some pads. He is quite easily the greatest limited-overs player in history and is a talent so unique that it is not even fair to compare anyone else to him. Even if one decides to ignore the 4,418 runs that he has scored at an average of 37.44 with a strike rate of 129.82, he still has the marketing pull that not too many, forget India, in the world, can hope to match.
AB de Villiers
In a country where the amount of devotion Indian cricketers receive from their fans is the same as the hate that is bestowed on the opposition, there is only one player who stands apart in this regard – Mr. 360. Unless RCB’s management
Believe it or not, this IS the right call to make for the Challengers. There is no doubt that Chris Gayle still has a lot left in the tank to win games on his own. His exploits in all the leagues across the globe are a testament to his talent as a player. This could very well blow up in RCB’s face but it is definitely a risk worth taking. Let’s break it down to the two major reasons that a player is retained – marketability and ability. The aforementioned players take care of the first part so it's just the second part that needs to be addressed. While Gayle can pile on the runs, Chahal, at the other end, can restrict them. So it comes down to one simple factor – Who will be more expensive in the auction? The answer is the Indian. He, not only, does not fill up the overseas quota but is probably the best limited-overs bowler that India
Right to Match Options
After an absolute monstrous performance in the Test series against Australia last year, where he scored an incredible six fifties in seven innings, Rahul was ruled out for more than four months and ended up missing the entire IPL season. But it wasn’t his Test exploits that RCB were interested in. A year before when RCB made it all the way to the final, Rahul had been one of the unsung heroes of the team. While the fans went gaga over Kohli and AB’s brilliance that year, very few will actually be able to remember that Rahul averaged a cool 44.11 at a strike rate of 146.49 in the same season. It is very likely that he will eventually go over the 10 crore bar in the IPL, but that will be an amount that RCB will be ready to pay. Being a local lad doesn’t hurt his cause as well.
This is a difficult one but it has to be the big man. He edges out Kedar Jadhav ever so slightly due to the fact that there are only two real franchises, Delhi and Punjab, that will be interested in signing the Windies star. His credentials speak for themselves but, to be realistic, it might be too much pressure on RCB’s purse to retain him and Rahul. However, Gayle’s ability cannot be discounted and if RCB can buy him back for anything less than 7 crores it might be the biggest heist since Mumbai Indians signing Hardik Pandya for a mere 10 lakhs in 2015.
How logical is the policy
Very. While RCB should ideally do away with one of the big three, it looks unlikely that they will go ahead with that plan. They have been a franchise that has always prided themselves