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"For the next IPL season, we have a 3-pronged player selection strategy."
Mr. Sanjeev Churiwala, RCB's chairman claims at having a definite plan in place for the team going forward, when announcing the retained players that will continue to play for the franchise in the forthcoming season of VIVO IPL.
Before the December auction for VIVO IPL 2019, Royal Challengers Bangalore has announced their list of 15 players who will line up for the Bengaluru based outfit before going into the bidding process.
"The first vector is to have a very strong combination of core team who can consistently deliver great performance on-field."
The franchise's retention of key players such as captain Virat Kohli, who brought up 5000 runs for his RCB in all competitions during the 2018 edition and long serving stalwarts like AB de Villiers, Yuzvendra Chahal, who with 82 wickets over 5 seasons stands as the all-time leading wicket-taker, have become indispensable to the RCB XI.
Umesh Yadav, who recaptured his groove and made a return to the Indian team after finishing the season with 20 wickets, retains his place in the squad. The promising pace trio of Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini and Kulwant Khejroliya have also been reinstated to the team.
Experienced stumper Parthiv Patel returns after making an impression for the team when he was given a chance, later in the 2018 edition.
Highlighting the focus on blooding in younger talent, RCB chairman Sanjeev Churiwala has looked at backing exciting young all-rounders like Washington Sundar and Pawan Negi.
"Secondly, we want to invest in more Indian talent including more local all-rounders. Lastly we want to be invested in the future and hence will actively scout for under 19 talent who we can nurture and provide a strong platform like RCB to grow," says Mr.Churiwala.
Overseas all-rounders Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme made the cut too. There was also place for Kiwi paceman Tim Southee and Aussie T20 pro Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis will don the red and black RCB colours for the first time and the all-rounder comes in having traded places with Mandeep Singh, who moves to Kings XI Punjab.
The list of 15 players look exciting and will be itching to play under the new backroom staff consisting of World Cup winning coach Gary Kirsten and Ashish Nehra in the upcoming season.
The franchise thanks all the players that were let go ahead of the season for their contribution to the team's cause.
Retained Players: V Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Y Chahal, U Yadav, M Siraj, W Sundar, P Negi, K Khejroliya, P Patel (wk), N Saini, C de Grandhomme, M Ali, T Southee, N Coulter-Nile
Players Traded In: Marcus Stoinis
Players Traded Out: Q de Kock, Mandeep Singh
Players who won't represent RCB: B McCullum, C Woakes, S Khan, C Anderson, A Choudhary, M Vohra, M Ashwin, A Joshi, P Deshpande.