Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) had a decent campaign in IPL 2021. They made it to the qualifiers but however failed to make it to the Finals after getting knocked out in the eliminator by Kolkata Knight Riders.
They will now head in to IPL 2022 with a rejuvenated squad with hopes of finally ending their trophy drought. The biggest change in their squad this year will be in the captaincy. Virat Kohli had announced last year itself that it would be his final year as the captain of RCB and thus the Reds are in dire need of a new skipper.
Glen Maxwell might be a suitable option as he has captaincy experiences from the Big Bash League however RCB will also look for other choices in the Mega-auction.
In this article, we will take a look at the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise ahead of IPL 2022. We will discuss things like their retention picks, what to expect from them, prediction, probable Auction picks and many more.
RCB Retentions and Remaining Purse
Royal Challengers Bangalore Retained the following players ahead of IPL 2022:-
- Virat Kohli (15 crore)
- Glenn Maxwell (11 crore)
- Mohammed Siraj (7 crore)
Remaining Purse for Mega-auction – Rs 57 Crores
Star Players Released by RCB
Royal Challengers Bangalore are one of those few teams who retained only did not fill all of their retention spots despite having many worthy candidates like Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, etc. As a result they ended up releasing a lot os star players who could be sold for a hefty price in the Mega Auction.
It is noteworthy that RCB did not retain only 3 players because they uninterested in the other players, but because none of those players wanted to be their 4th choice retention and thus get a lower salary. It thus means that RCB will go for many of their released players in the Mega auction. Here is a list of all the star players that RCB released.
- Devdutt Padikkal
- Yuzvendra Chahal
- Harshal Patel
- Washington Sundar
- KS Bharat
- Kyle Jamieson
- Wanindu Hasaranga
RCB Squad for IPL 2022
- Virat Kohli
- Glen Maxwell
- Mohammad Siraj
Full squad to be added after the completion of the auctions
RCB Probable Playing XI for IPL 2022
To be added ones the full squad is known
What to expect from RCB in IPL 2022
Royal Challengers Bangalore have been the underachievers of IPL from the very first season. Despite always having a star studded team, they never managed to lift the trophy even once so far and thus they are often referred to as the ‘chokers’ of IPL.
However, with Virat Kohli now having stepped down from captaincy of Royal Challengers Bangalore, some positive change can be expected. Although nothing can be said conclusively before the teams are finalised, for RCB the most important decision will be the Captain selection as that will more or less set their fate for the ensuing season.