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Young newcomers creating a rage in Season 11!

Mon, 28th, May 2018 |
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VIVO IPL 2018 wasn't ideal in terms of where we ended up on the points table but things look good for the future. Question marks remain over AB de Villiers' return to Bengaluru for the 2019 edition, after confirming his international retirement. And while it would be next to impossible to fill the shoes of AB de Villiers, a few of our youngsters, who were bought ahead of the VIVO IPL 2018 auctions, have showed the potential to be big-ticket players for RCB in the future.

 

Mohammed Siraj: It's easy to see why Siraj keeps getting called up to the national team to play T20I cricket, despite his lack of experience in the first class circuit. After an indifferent start to the tournament where he was guilty of bowling too many wides, Virat and Co. persisted with the 24 year old, cognizant of his g. He backed the faith with some outstanding performances in the subsequent games, and stood out particularly against SRH at his native Hyderabad, taking 3/25 while bowling fast and mixing it up between bowling it on the chin and down on the toes.

 

Washington Sundar: Washi's bowling exploits in the VIVO IPL belies his potential with the ball. Living up to such a big price tag at the age of 18 is never easy- being replete with countless expectations of fans. He shone in patches with the ball, performing well against KXIP at the Chinnaswamy. But he gave a good account of his big hitting abilities in the Go Green game against Rajasthan and in a cameo against Chennai at home. This season was an anomaly and we expect him to roar back for RCB next season with the ball. It is no surprise then, that he's a regular in the national team squad for limited overs assignments!

 

Manan Vohra: Stylish, elegant, fit and possesses all the shots in the book, Vohra is future Team India material. Equally adept at playing fast bowling and spin, Manan played a vital knock for us against Mumbai on a slow wicket. At 24, he's already a proven performer in domestic cricket. Excellent on the field, the only issue that limits him is consistency in performances. Expect him to come good next season.  


Kulwant Khejroliya: The cricket bug crawling inside Kulwant kept his cricket dream undeterred, despite the many obstacles he had to face before becoming a professional cricketer. Being a left arm seamer definitely gave him an edge in selection ahead of our first game. After a decent VIVO IPL debut against Kolkata, he impressed greatly against Punjab with his 2 wicket-haul opening the doors for the Kings XI being bowled out. Like most other bowlers that day, he had a forgettable outing in the Go Green game and couldn't regain his place in the XI. But early signs in his VIVO IPL career suggest that the left armer from Jhunjhunu has a long career ahead!

 

Quinton de Kock: Quinny has established himself as one of the better keeper-batsmen in limited overs cricket and has already achieved plenty in the international arena. The 25 year old joined RCB with big shoes to fill in, having been earmarked to replace Chris Gayle. Though not in the same mould, the Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman provided solid starts for RCB, even going on to stroke a wonderful 53 against CSK. He's an exceptional wicket-keeper and greatly helped the bowlers when he plucked outstanding catches. We expect an even more fired up Quinny next season.

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