Royal Challengers Bangalore is thrown out of IPL 2018 as they lost the most important match against Rajasthan Royals on the league stage. RCB managed to start taking momentum in the tournament but they were still failed to reach the play-off.
The batting seemed to be too dependent on a few players and the bowling looked almost flat. RCB, irrespective of becoming one of the strongest teams theoretically, failed miserably. And poor performances of some of the key players were one of the most common reasons behind the downfall of the team.
RCB spent a huge sum to bring in some of these players at the auction but they couldn’t deliver well. Here are those five players who have let everyone down and the team might drop them in IPL 2019.
- Brendon McCullum
From Brendon McCullum, expectations were really high in IPL 2018. The deadly batting of this swashbuckling opener has faced all types of bowling attacks over the years. But in this season, things didn’t go well for him. The former New Zealand skipper scored only 127 runs in the 6 matches at an average of 21.16, which is not a big deal for his high standards. Eventually, he was dropped from the team due to his poor form and he warmed the bench later.
- Sarfaraz Khan
RCB retained him before the auction and had a lot of hopes with Sarfaraz Khan. The small-sized dynamo had been very promising with batting in previous years, but he had a disappointing season. This year, he played seven matched and scored lowly 51 runs with an average of 10.20. The 20-year-old already got a lot of chances but couldn’t succeed. His fielding was also poor along with batting and skipper was also seen yelling at him on the field. So, it is highly unlikely that RCB would retain him next year.
- Pawan Negi
RCB retained Pawan Negi with its RTM card in their squad at auctions in IPL 2018 for a reason. The all-rounder picked 16 wickets in 12 matches and bowled at 6.12 runs per over of brilliant economy rate in IPL 2017.
At the back of innings, he also played a few important cameos. But he has not been so effective this year. His economy was whopping 12.25 in two matches alone. In two innings, he scored only 3 runs. So, he also failed with the bat miserably. Next year, RCB might not do another mistake by retaining him.
- Washington Sundar
In IPL 2018, Washington Sundar came with a hope of man-of-the-series performance that he showed in Nidahas Trophy for the national side. His exploits in IPL 2017 proved him stronger. Sundar was expected to solve the bowling woes of RCB. However, the high expectations on him proved RCB wrong. The off-spinner took only 4 wickets in 7 matches and he struggled to play well just from the beginning.
His economy of 9.60 runs per over was another aspect which has let the RCB squad down. The management has already given a lot of chances to him but his consistently weak performances left him out of playing XI and RCB might not be taking him in IPL 2019.
- Chris Woakes
RCB bought Chris Woakes for whopping Rs. 7.40 Crores and turned a lot of heads at the auction. Last season, the Englishman picked 17 wickets last season for Kolkata Knight Riders and Bangalore was so impressed that they invested big bucks on him.
This year, the performance of Chris Woakes has not been so good. In 5 matches, he took 8 wickets for RCB. But he was still too expensive as he gave away runs at 10.36 runs per over. He also scored only 17 runs. So, his batting was below the belt too. He couldn’t justify the huge investment on him. So, he might not be been featured in the squad in next game.