RCB have suffered one defeat after another in IPL 2019. They have faced four defeats in a row and their campaign looks all but over unless they can stitch a winning momentum that will lift their position from bottom to the top of the table. But can RCB do so? It’s highly doubtful.
Over the years, RCB have been guilty of releasing their star players after just one or two poor seasons. These players have gone on to play for other clubs and become a big success. Now, these players are an important part of the new team’s campaign.
Criciwzz takes a look at five players whom RCB released and they have went on to become a success again for their new teams in IPL
Watson had a good season with RCB with the ball in 2016 IPL, bagging 20 wickets in 16 matches. RCB went on to play the final, but lost the title round to SRH. In the next IPL edition in 2017 , Watson had a forgettable season and he looked past his prime.
He managed just 5 wickets and 71 runs in 8 matches in 2017 IPL. RCB ended up in the bottom of the table. Watson was made the scapegoat and was released from the squad. CSK picked up Watson as they went for the experience than youth.
Watson had a point or two to prove. He opened the innings for CSK and blasted two tons in IPL 2018. He scored 555 runs @ 39.64 and took 6 wickets as well. He reserved his best for the final, slamming 117* to steer CSK to the target of 179 with ease. He’s still a force to reckon with in IPL 2019 and the yellow brigade is more than happy to have him.
Rahul had a decent outing with RCB in 2016 IPL, scoring 397 runs @ 44.11 with 4 fifties in 14 matches, but the team ended as runners-up. Rahul missed out the next season due to injury.
But to his shock and horror, he was not retained by RCB for 2018 IPL. He was picked up by KXIP for 2018 IPL. Rahul came out all guns blazing to silence his detractors.
He slammed 659 runs @ 54.91 with 6 fifties for KXIP in 2018 IPL. He was the easily the best batsman of the tournament but thanks to the collective failure of KXIP, the team could not make it to the play-offs despite Rahul’s one-man show.
Rahul has received big impetus after shifting to KXIP from RCB. He continues to be the main batsman for KXIP in IPL 2019.
Chris Gayle found immense success with RCB in the first few seasons, scoring 608 runs, 733 runs and 708 runs from 2011 to 2013. He came back strongly in 2015 IPL, scoring 491 runs, after a poor 2014 IPL. But two poor seasons in 2016 and 2017, aggregating 227 and 200 runs respectively, saw RCB releasing Gayle in the 2018 auction.
Gayle was told he would be bought back in the auction by RCB but that did not happen. Luckily, Gayle found a buyer in KXIP in 2018 IPL at his base price and that too at the last round.
And the marauding West Indian went on a rampage in 2018 IPL. He slammed 1 ton and 3 fifites, aggregating 368 @ 40.88 in 11 matches for KXIP in 2018 IPL. He is a threat for opposition and Gayle and Rahul form an explosive batting pair a the top of the order for Punjab.
Quinton de Kock
The South African keeper had a great limited-overs record for South Africa on Indian soil. Hence, RCB bought him in IPL 2018 hoping he will make a great explosive opening pair with Virat Kohli. But he could not translate his promise into performance. He managed just a fifty in IPL 2018, aggregating 201 runs @ 25.12 in 8 matches.
And RCB management, who has a thin patience level, released him from the squad. Mumbai Indians bought him in 2019 IPL.
De Kock has responded so far with an effective opening partnership with Rohit Sharma, raking up 1 fifty, while aggregating 114 runs in 4 matches. His keeping has been above par and he looks set to have a long reign in Mumbai Indians.
Jadhav played the role of a finisher for RCB in 2017 IPL. But he could not get scores consistently. He batted too lower down the order to make a continuous impact. He scored 267 runs @ 22.25 with 1 fifty in 13 matches for RCB in 2017 IPL.
But RCB were not happy with Jadhav’s output and released him too. But CSK saw gold in Jadhav. They bought him in 2018 IPL.
Jadhav played just one game in 2018 for CSK before being ruled out with a hamstring injury. In the one match he played, he powered CSK to win against Mumbai in the IPL opener, setting the momentum for the team to go all the way. He continues to be an important threat for CSK in the middle-order in 2019 IPL.