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IPL 2022 – 3 RCB Players who are succeeding in other franchises

RCB is one of the few IPL teams that has consistently shown promise but has ended up repeating the same slogan for the last 15 years – “Ee salaa cup namade” – without any glory. The primary cause for this is the management’s lack of faith in the players. Every player wants their management and captain to support them, particularly when the going gets tough, and RCB have historically struggled to back the right players at the appropriate moment.

RCB always had the right “Match-winning” players in their roster, but they were either given a shorter rope or were just floated around in the batting order without a consistent run to prove their mettle. The reality is that the players released by RCB have gone on to win the IPL title with other organisations. We’ll examine three such individuals who were brimming with raw skill and potential, but RCB ended up losing the diamond in the pursuit of glitter.


Number 1. Yuzvendra Chahal


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None of the RCB fans could have dreamed their beloved Yuzi would ever wear anything other than the red and gold. However, this has been the situation with RCB for almost 15 years, as they have consistently demonstrated a lack of faith in potential players and match winners.

To many people’s surprise, Yuzvendra Chahal was not retained by RCB and was eventually picked up by Rajasthan Royals for a cheap price of 6.50 crores in the 2022 mega auction.

Yuzi did not disappoint the new franchise, taking 12 wickets at a crushing economy rate of just 6.50 runs per over in five games. Chahal’s streetwise leg-spin bowling has provided vital breakthroughs for RR anytime the rival team was cruising to victory. Only time will tell whether Chahal will also win an IPL trophy with his new franchise following his departure from RCB. However, one thing is certain: RCB will undoubtedly miss his services this season.


Number 2. Moeen Ali


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RCB and their history of failing to support players are well-known. Moeen Ali was another victim of RCB management’s failure to support him. After being dropped by RCB, England all-rounder Moeen was shown faith and backed by the CSK management, who gave him a longer run in the number three spot.

Ali was not only innovative in terms of scoring quickly, scoring 357 runs in 15 innings (IPL 2021), but he was also used by MSD as an all-rounder rather than just a batter.

Ali claimed six vital wickets, the finest of which was three for seven runs. Moeen was another player on the list who went for the IPL title after being released from RCB.


Number 3. KL Rahul


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RCB appeared to be the most balanced team in recent years during the 2016 season and was one of the favourites to win the title. KL Rahul was instrumental in RCB reaching the finals alongside AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli. Rahul was unquestionably a rising star, having amassed 397 runs in 12 innings at a blistering strike rate of 146.49.

While RCB retained Sarfaraz Khan over KL Rahul, the elegant batsman made an immediate impact with his new franchise – Punjab, hitting 659 runs in 14 (IPL 2018) innings at an amazing strike rate of 158 for someone who was mostly recognised as a “Test” player.

Rahul then broke free with Punjab, becoming the second-highest scorer in the 2019 edition of the IPL with 593 runs, including a century. Rahul maintained his good vein of form in 2020 as well, earning the Orange Cap with 670 runs, a century, and five half-centuries. RCB would undoubtedly reconsider its decision to release Rahul, who also had the potential to skipper the side in the future.