With the price of onions soaring along with the rate at which one or another corrupt activity within the government is coming out of the closet, IPL auctions are also gearing pace and I assume it will be at full throttle when it actually arrives.
Though picking a foreign player is a strategy, it is also as good as gambling. To highlight this, how many of them knew about Kieron Pollard before the Champions League 2? Though he performed well in that edition, he was not a household name. But Mumbai Indians gambled by paying a high price and getting him on their side, and ultimately the decision paid rich dividends!
Everyone is equally surprised about the decision of Rajasthan Royal to retain Shane Warne. By his own admission, Warne has never touched the Cricket ball since the last edition of IPL. But Rajasthan Royals management believes his captaincy is more worth than his game.
So while selecting a foreign player, the first step would be to find the vacant spots in your team and what role the selected foreign player would be playing. Every IPL team by now must be having a fair idea of players they are going to bid for.
So when we are talking about RCB, under the assumption that Dravid, Uthappa, Pandey will be bought back, with Virat Kohli already retained, batting looks very much in order. So the weak link is the bowling department and RCB should look at strengthening the same.
In RCB, We have Dravid, Who is such a classy batsman. Uthappa and Pandey are boom boom types, Virat is such a gifted player who can switch gears as the situation demand. So there is a vacancy for another batsman like Dravid who can play the role of an anchor right at the top. Till the previous edition the role was wonderfully played by Jacques Kallis. Also T20 being more of a bang bang game, we need a player who attacks the bowlers more severely than Julian Assange’s attacks on US government. This role was fulfilled by Ross Taylor till the previous edition. So I see no reason why he shouldn’t be bought back. Anyway, he was the adopted son of RCB after his heroics with the bat.The batting department of RCB should not throw a huge surprise at the autcions I believe
The advantage of selecting someone like Jacques Kallis is that he opens the batting; he is a first or second change fast bowler and he shows a very high intensity on the field as well. In short, he is a complete package. The only player who could have given him some competition in the present era was Andrew Flintoff. But Flintoff has a knack of picking more injuries than wickets! Considering that India has always had a dearth of quality all-rounder, I see majority of IPL teams filling their all-rounder spot with a foreign recruit. Angelo Mathews is also an interesting prospect, though not at the cost of Jacques Kallis.
Next step for the RCB management to be decide who will be the wicket keeper. If they are sure of buying back Robin Uthappa at any cost, he will do the job until the management decided to have a specialist keeper. However having at least one specialist wicketkeeper is necessary for RCB as a cover-up for Robin Uthappa.
Coming to the bowling department, Kumble will be taking the flag forward. I believe RCB will buy back Praveen Kumar and Vinay Kumar. So RCB would like to have an express pace bowler and Dale Steyn fits the bill perfectly. They can also take a gamble with someone like Brett Lee who can also bat down the order. I would have preferred Mitchell Johnson as he is a handy batsman, but his reluctance to play IPL is well known. Two more recruits in form of one Fast/Medium and one spinner should close the list for bowling department. I think RCB should go hard on either Greame Swann or Johan Botha as both are excellent T20 bowlers and more than handful with the bat.