IPL 2022 – Players who may be released from RCB for next season
RCB began their IPL 2022 campaign with a new captain, Faf du Plessis after Virat Kohli decided to step down after the IPL 2021 season. This season was extremely successful for the Bangalore-based team, but their campaign came to an end in the second qualifier of the tournament, when they were defeated by Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets.
The RCB franchise purchased some players in this year’s mega auction who did not perform as expected and did not play in many matches. Before the next season, the team management may consider releasing some of the players and filling the gaps in the squad through the auction.
In this article, we are going to talk about players who are expected to be released from RCB for the next season.
Number 1. David Willey
So far, David Willey’s IPL career has not been particularly promising. RCB signed him for the base price of INR 2 crores. He was given an opportunity to play for RCB in early matches because Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell was unavailable. Willey batted at number four in the lineup as well. The southpaw only managed to score 18 runs in two innings of his four matches.
Furthermore, Willey only had one wicket in four appearances. Willey was benched by the team management for the remaining matches following the inclusion of Maxwell in the squad and playing XI.
With only four foreign players in an IPL playing XI, it would be difficult for RCB to adjust him in their current combination, which could result in Willey’s release from RCB before the next season in 2023.
Number 2. Siddharth Kaul
Sunrisers Hyderabad released Siddarth Kaul ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction earlier this year because he only took seven wickets in eight matches last season. The 32-year-old pacer was purchased by RCB for INR 75 lakh in the mega auction. But he only got to play one match, a must-win game against Gujarat Titans in their final league game.
Kaul gave up 43 runs in his four overs and went wicketless that game. As a result, he may have to go to the auction again next year. Kaul couldn’t find a regular spot in the RCB bowling lineup because the management was already using the likes of Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj, and Harshal Patel in their pace attack.
The Pathankot-based pacer may have a better chance if another team picks him up in the IPL 2023 mini-auction and he fits into their bowling combination. As a result, RCB may release him before the next season.
Number 3. Karn Sharma
Karn Sharma was purchased by RCB in the IPL 2022 mega auction for INR 50 lakh. However, the leg-spinner was unable to make the starting XI throughout the season. RCB decided to stick with young Sri Lankan spinner Wanindu Hasaranga throughout the season. As a result, integrating Sharma into the team’s bowling lineup proved difficult.
As a result, RCB may release him in order to free up funds to sign another player. Karn may also get a better chance if any of the teams that need a leg spinner buys him in the IPL 2023 mini-auction.
To be sure, Sharma will play his final IPL match for Chennai Super Kings against Kolkata Knight Riders in 2020 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The spinner has been warming up the benches ever since.