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IPL: Best XI of RCB’s released players who performed well for other franchises

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are one of the most talked about franchises in the Indian Premier League (IPL) since its inception. After 15 editions of the league, RCB are yet to win an IPL trophy. However, going through their teams in the tournament’s history, it could be said that the franchise should’ve won the title much earlier.

Noting RCB’s consistency in not winning any IPL trophies, fans have given them the ‘chokers’ tag. Adding to the same, RCB are known for its infamous knack for releasing players. In recent years, it has been witnessed that the players leaving the Bangalore-based outfit have played some stunning cricket for other franchises.

1. KL Rahul

Following the 2013 season, KL Rahul rejoined the Royal Challengers Bangalore team in 2016. The gifted wicket-keeper batsman scored 397 runs in 14 games at an astounding strike rate of 146.49, including four half-centuries.

Due to a shoulder injury, the wicket-keeper batter withdrew from the competition in 2017. Rahul didn’t appear on RCB’s retention list for the 2018 edition and was put up for sale at the mega auction. After seeing his batting prowess, Rahul was acquired by Punjab Kings (PBKS) for a staggering INR 11 crore.

Rahul contributed significantly to PBKS, scoring 659 runs with six fifty-plus scores in 14 games at a strike rate of 158.41. He was also awarded the Orange Cap in 2020 for the team’s 670 runs, five half-centuries, and a strike rate of 129.34 in 14 games.

2. Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle failed to find a buyer in the 2011 mega auction but was given the opportunity to play for Royal Challengers Bangalore in place of an injured Dirk Nannes. The Jamaican batter startled his former team Kolkata Knight Riders with a stunning performance of 102 runs off 55 deliveries as he made his Royal Challengers Bangalore debut.

The southpaw finished the season with 608 runs in 12 games and an impressive strike rate of 183.13, earning the Orange Cap. He was the top run-scorer in 2012, retaining the prized Orange Cap with 733 runs in 15 games and a strike rate of 160.74.

He worked at RCB for seven years, however his poor 2017 season performance prevented him from being included on the franchise’s retention list for the 2018 edition of the competition.

He joined Punjab Kings (PBKS) in 2018 and, together with KL Rahul, once more stunned the league with his bat. He demonstrated his vast experience by scoring 368 runs in 11 matches, including a century and three half-centuries. But the next season, when he hit 490 runs in 13 games with a great strike rate of 153.60, was his finest for the team.

3. Devdutt Padikkal

Devdutt Padikkal has been an essential part of the Rajasthan Royals’ system since the 2022 competition. He was previously connected to Royal Challengers Bangalore from 2019 to 21. He participated in the event for the first time in 2020 and gave it his all.

Padikkal ensured his berth in the team with 473 runs in 15 games, five half-centuries, and a strike rate of 124.80.

He once again made an impression during his second season in 2021, scoring 411 runs in 14 matches at a strike rate of 125.30. The youthful player helped his club win by 10 wickets by scoring his first century against Rajasthan Royals in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.

Despite his daring performances over a few seasons, RCB chose not to keep the Karnataka batter. Rajasthan Royals were mesmerised by Padikkals’ batting statistics and acquired him for a staggering INR 7.75 crore. He has a strike rate of 122.88 and 376 runs in 17 games in 2022 for the IPL champions from 2008.

4. Jacques Kallis

From 2008 through 2014, Jacques Kallis, a former South African great, participated in seven IPL seasons. In 98 games throughout the course of his career, he recorded 2,427 runs and 65 kills. He also played a key role for Royal Challengers Bangalore from 2008 to 2010.

He is remains the franchise’s fourth-highest run scorer with 1,271 runs in 46 games with a strike rate of 113.17.

2009 saw Kallis make a crucial contribution that enabled RCB to advance to the competition’s final. He helped his club beat the favourites Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians with 361 runs and six kills in 15 games (MI).

The Proteas hero had a better season in 2010 than the previous one, scoring 572 runs with six half-centuries in sixteen games and striking out at a rate of 115.78. After parting ties with RCB in 2011, he won a contract from Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the super auction. The eminent South African player, who scored 409 runs and took 15 wickets in 17 games, was a key contributor to KKR’s first title victory in 2012.

5. Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali, an all-rounder for England, got his first IPL contract at the 2018 mega auction. The RCB paid INR 1.7 crore to acquire the skilled veteran. He played in five of RCB’s matches during the inaugural season of the elite league.

Even so, he only managed to score 77 runs and take three wickets in his debut season.

In 11 games in 2019, he scored 220 runs with two half-centuries for a strike rate of 165.41, showcasing his batting prowess. 2020 marked the left-handed batter’s third season, although he was unproductive, scoring just 12 runs and taking one wicket in three games. Moeen was acquired by Chennai Super Kings for INR 7 crore at the mini-auction in February 2021 after RCB dropped him following his disastrous performance in the 2020 edition.

In 2021, Ali played for the MS Dhoni-coached team. As a top-order hitter, he scored 357 runs in 15 games at a strike rate of 137.30. Last season, CSK put on their worst league performance ever, but Ali displayed his ability with the bat, scoring 244 runs and taking eight wickets in ten games.

6. Shane Watson

Shane Watson made a name for himself in the IPL’s first season thanks to his outstanding contribution to the Rajasthan Royals’ 2008 title victory. In 2015, the Rajasthan Royals were put on indefinite hiatus for the 2016–17 seasons, and Watson participated in the mini-auction in 2016.

RCB bought him for a significant fee of INR 9.5 crore since they were confident in his illustrious prior performance in the competition. The gifted former Australian all-rounder looked good for his new team as a middle-order batsman, scoring 179 runs in 16 games at a strike rate of 133.58. He also took 20 wickets with the ball, but at an outrageous economy of 8.98.

He struggled to get runs and wickets in 2017, which resulted to his worst IPL season yet. Due to his underwhelming performance in the tenth season of the league, RCB declined to sign the Australian all-rounder for the next campaign. The veteran was purchased by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for INR 4 crore at the 2018 mega auction in order to use him in the match.

Under MS Dhoni’s direction, Watson was revitalised as he shown his propensity for pummeling bowlers as an influential opening batter. Watson amassed 555 runs in 15 games for CSK, scoring two century and two half-centuries at a staggering strike rate of 154.59.

7. Marcus Stoinis

Marcus Stoinis was traded from Punjab Kings to RCB in 2019 in exchange for Mandeep Singh. With his outstanding batting performance in the 2017–18 Big Bash League, the team had faith in his game talents. Under the direction of Virat Kohli, he participated in 10 games of the competition and shown his skill as a match-winner in a handful of them.

The Australian competitor finished the competition with 211 runs at a 135.25% strike rate. He failed to make an impression with the ball, taking just two wickets at an unimpressive economy of 8.70. Stoinis was included among the RCB players who were let go through the trading window in November 2019. The Delhi Capitals (DC) administration gave him the task of bolstering the group in 2020 with his all-around abilities.

Stonis exceeded his owners’ expectations by scoring 352 runs at a strike rate of 148.52 in 17 games. Moreover, the 33-year-old collected 13 wickets at a 9.53 economy rate.

8. Karn Sharma

Karn Sharma, a wrist-spinner for Railways, was acquired by Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2009 for INR 12 lakh. Unfortunately, the team was unable to include him in the starting 11 since veteran Anil Kumble was in outstanding shape. The leggie made his league debut for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in 2013 and took 11 wickets in 13 games at an economy rate of 6.60.

His performance in 2014 was his best in the company, with 15 victories in 14 games and an economy of 7.42.

The selection committee chose him to represent India in all three formats of cricket in 2014 due to his outstanding bowling achievements in the league.

At the mini-auction for the 2017 IPL, Mumbai Indians (MI) purchased him for INR 3.2 crore. In exchange, he amassed 13 wickets in in nine games, helping the team win its third trophy.

9. Jaydev Unadkat

Because to his left-arm medium-pace bowling in 2013, Jaydev Unadkat was an important player for RCB. The pacer had possibilities to excel with the ball with Zaheer Khan, Muttiah Muralitharan, and Murali Karthik. The pacer played in 13 of the season’s 14 games and claimed 13 victims with an economy of 7.55.

He delivered the team his greatest performance to date against the Delhi Capitals (DC), posting stats of 4-0-25-5. Despite his excellent performance in 2013, the team didn’t keep him for the next season. He was chosen by Delhi Capitals (DC) at the super auction in 2014, and he had nine opportunities to play for them.

In all of his games, he took nine wickets at an 8.66 economy rate. The left-arm bowler joined Rising Pune Super Giant (RPSG) in 2017, and in 12 games, he recorded 24 wickets at a respectable economy of 7.02. With his stellar performance for the Super Giants, the Rajasthan Royals signed him for INR 11.5 crore for the 2018 campaign.

10. Umesh Yadav

At the 2018 mega auction, Royal Challengers Bangalore made an INR 4.2 crore investment after recognising Umesh Yadav’s knack for taking wickets. Yadav’s role was to strengthen the team’s bowling unit alongside well-known players like Tim Southee, Chris Woakes, and Yuzvendra Chahal.

He became a standout bowler for the team in the league, claiming 20 wickets in 14 games during the 2018 season at an economy of 7.86. The veteran, though, struggled to maintain his form the following season, taking just eight wickets in 11 games at a pricey economy of 9.80. The speedster did not do well in 2020 as well because he was unable to secure any wickets in the few games he was given.

RCB terminated their relationship with him in February 2021 after employing him for three seasons. Delhi Capitals paid INR 1 crore for the strongman in 2021 at the mini-auction, but they were unable to give him an opportunity to compete. He played for KKR in the 2022 league and claimed 12 wickets in 16 games, conceding runs at a thrifty economy of 7.06.

11. Yuzvendra Chahal

Yuzvendra Chahal was acquired by RCB in the 2014 super auction to strengthen their bowling lineup. He demonstrated his bowling prowess in his first season with the team, taking 12 wickets in 14 games for an economy of 7.01. His finest performance came for RCB the following year when he hunted 23 batters in 15 games at an economy of 8.86.

When RCB decided not to include Chahal in their lineup for the 2022 season in November 2021, its supporters were surprised. He managed to get 18 wickets in 15 matches of the IPL 2021 at a fantastic economy of 7.05, but he was unable to keep his job. He now holds the record for RCB’s most wickets taken, taking 139 in 113 games for an economy rate of 7.58

He was purchased by Rajasthan Royals for INR 6.5 crore at the mega-auction 2022. Chahal, who was making his first appearance in an RR shirt, handled the spin attack well and took 27 wickets in 17 games for an economy rate of 7.75 to win the Purple Cap.



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