Lately, the talks of Indian T20 League have been doing the rounds, first with the trade window excitement and now with the City of Joy gearing up to witness the gala Player Auction on 19th of December. Right from the release of players, to bidding wars to the original matches, the cricket league never fails to keep the viewers entertained. With the ever-increasing popularity of Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, Bangalore has managed to stay amongst the most-talked-about franchises. However, the team has failed to get their hands laid on the prestigious trophy.
Releasing a lot of players prior to the upcoming season of the Indian T20 League, the team looks all set to start afresh and try everything under their hands to turn the tables 180-degrees. With the approaching auction, we take a look at strategies that can help Bangalore achieve their long-deprived dream of winning the Indian T20 league title.
But before we move ahead, let’s take a look at the current position of the team and how did their last go.
The last season of Indian T20 League didn’t turn out to be very fruitful for the team as they ended up at the last spot in the points table. The team faced 6 back-to-back defeats during the 2019 season of the Indian T20 League before registering their first victory.
When things started to look in the team’s favour, they were again made to shake hands with defeat in the next game. Overall, in the last season, Bangalore managed to pull-off just 5 wins from 14 games.
As usual Virat Kohli was the star performer for the team with bat, scoring 464 runs in 14 games, followed by AB de Villiers at 442 runs from 13 innings. On the bowling front, it was Yuzvendra Chahal who shined with 18 wickets in 14 innings. Well, now after releasing 11 players, the team looks forward to picking the best players in the upcoming auction.
No. Players Released: 11
No. Players Retained: 13
Purse Remaining: ₹27.9 crore
No. Slots Remaining: 12 (Domestic:6, Overseas:6)
List of Retained and Released Players
Retained: Virat Kohli, Moeen Ali, Yuzvendra Chahal, Parthiv Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Pawan Negi, Devdutt Padikkal, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Navdeep Saini, AB de Villiers
Released: Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Akshdeep Nath, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Colin de Grandhomme, Prayas Ray Barman, Tim Southee, Kulwant Khejroliya, Himmat Singh, Heinrich Klaasen, Milind Kumar
Area of Concern
Over-dependence on Star Players
The team is highly dependent on star performers. This over the mark dependency on specific players is acting as a weakening factor for the team.
Weak Middle Order
The other crucial factor adding up the back-to-back defeats of the team is a weak middle order. Thus, the team should focus on improvising the middle-order by picking up some potential players in the upcoming auction.
Filling Team Gaps
There are certain places where the team is lacking. The team needs a good finisher to help them get to victory easily. In addition to this, they need a back-up wicketkeeper and a good seamer to help the team qualify big matches with ease.
Key Players that the Team Should Eye On
Glenn Maxwell, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Aaron Finch, Shai Hope
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Priyam Garg, R Sai Kishore, Varun Chakaravarthy