The T20 cricket is the most loved format of the sport and has a huge number of viewers. Indian Premier League is the most watched franchise cricket tournament in the world. Cricket fans are more excited than being sad for the next season of the IPL due to mega auctions. The BCCI has announced that two news teams will be added to the existing tally of eight franchises. As of now, BCCI has not issued any official clarification regarding the IPL 2022 Mega Auction but there has been speculations regarding the rules of Retention and RTM Card.
According to the new rules, a team will be allowed to retain only three players and they can be – two Indian players and one overseas or one Indian player and two overseas players. Apart from these 3 retained players, all the remaining ones will be sold from the Auction table. Although we cannot confirm the above criteria till any official announcement by BCCI. If the above speculations are true and the teams are allowed to retain only three players, then it would be a very difficult call for management to select the best three players to retain.
Royal Challengers Bangalore has had great last two seasons of IPL. The team made it to the playoffs of back-to-back seasons of 2020 and 2021. They have always struggled in maintaining a solid 11 players in the squad but these past years a few key players have given stability to the team. Therefore this IPL 2022 mega auction is extremely important for the team. It will be exciting to see which all big names will be left out. The team management will try to build a new and competitive squad under a new captain. In this article, we have mentioned those 3 players that might be retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore during IPL 2022 mega auction. It will be exciting to see the IPL 2022 RCB retained players.
Virat Kohli and RCB are simply synonymous with each other. He has led the team for 8 seasons and has been a part of the team since day one. Run machine Virat Kohli holds the record of most runs (6283) in IPL history with 5 centuries and a strike rate of 129.94 in 207 matches. He was previously retained by the franchise for 17 Crores, back in 2018 and should be the first choice while retaining in the mega auction as well. He has consistently performed for the team and is one of the best batsmen around the world; the franchise will not let him go. Kohli himself has said that he will continue to play for only Royal Challengers in the IPL.
“As I said, I don’t see myself playing anywhere else. To me loyalty matters more than other things which, from the worldly point of view, seem more important. This franchise has believed in me and my commitment is to this franchise till the last day I play the IPL.”
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AB De Villiers
AB de Villiers has been a valuable asset for the time. He has single-handedly won matches for the team numerous times. During his IPL career, he has scored in total 5162 runs with 3 centuries on his name with a strike rate of 151.68. AB and Virat have had five 100+ partnerships for RCB and two 200+ partnerships. They are the only pair in the world to do so. ABD is the second-highest run-getter of RCB with 4522 runs in 157 matches. However his name will be a doubt because the South African has struggled to perform consistently. He has taken retirement from international cricket and plays only six weeks of cricket for the entire year. ABD has brought his team out of many struggling situations with his terrific batting and fielding skills.
Mohammad Siraj, Devdutt Padikkal, and Glenn Maxwell have all contributed efficiently to the team as a pacer, opener, and finisher for the team respectively, which leaves the team in quite a dilemma on who to retain. But Yuzi Chahal has been the go-to bowler for the captain, a trump card in breaking partnerships in middle overs. In 2020 Chahal played a crucial role in helping the franchise make the playoffs. He picked 21 wickets in 15 matches. In 114 matches he has taken 139 wickets with an economy of 7.59. In leagues like IPL, leg spinners can play a crucial role in turning the result of the match. Although his form was a little up and down but he has always bounced back and showed his capability in the limited-overs. Just like Kohli and De Villiers, Chahal is also a loyal and long servant of the RCB.