The auctions for the 13th edition of the IPL are just round the corner and teams are gearing up to pick their favourites. With Australia looking to be in great shape, no doubt a lot of teams will be looking at them, including RCB. Moreover, IPL brings with it the opportunity to bet based on some exciting match predictions.
Having finished rock bottom of the table last season, RCB will look to ramp up some good talent in their hopes to perform. Predicting IPL match results based on team budgets and what looks to be going for them is vital if you’re planning to bet on IPL matches. Matches such as SRH VS CSK make for exciting fixtures that should make online betting even more extravagant.
One of the best fast bowlers in the world right now and having a fair bit of IPL and T20 experience, Mitchell Starc has tremendous potential as a part of RCB because:
- He has tremendous pace and can easily bowl at speeds exceeding 145 kph.
- He is one of the few bowlers in the world that can do a perfect Yorker more or less every time that he attempts it. He is especially good with the new ball.
- Combining his mastery of pace with a few slower balls makes his variability perfect for death overs.
- In the recent Cricket World Cup, he performed magnificently, coming out as the highest wicket-taker at 27 wickets in 10 matches.
RCB essentially lack a fast bowler who they can bank on for wickets, besides Dale Steyn. Starc could be perfect support to Steyn or serve as a replacement in matches he sits out.
Rassie van der Dussen
Rassie van der Dussen can safely be regarded as one of South Africa's top batsmen in the last year or so, with a whirlwind start to his international career. Shouldering the burden of replacing an AB de Villiars is not easy, and Dussen’s easy handling of this extra brunt proves how vital he can be for RCB.
- Dussen has struck 7 half-centuries in a mere 14 innings making him adept at the super over format. Even so, he boasts an average of 74 in the ODI format and is not to be taken lightly.
- His strike rate of 131.04 is a fact to be reckoned with.
- Having scored 311 runs in just 6 innings with an average strike rate of 90.4, Dussen was one of the few things South Africa did correct in 2019’s Cricket World Cup that saw them flounder and lose face for most of the tournaments.
- With great adaptability, Dussen has proven time and again that he can get his team out of tricky situations. He is one of the few promising versatile batsmen RCB should consider taking into their attack.
Van der Dussen can potentially be the ideal support to back up Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in a team that is extremely reliant on these 2 for wins.
Having been an uncapped player in the last auction, Chris Green retains his base price and can serve as a budget option to give RCB’s bowling line up much-needed breathing space.
- Chris Green has been vital to Australia. Having played 74 T20 matches and picked up 62 wickets in the same, he is easily a great supportive option.
- He has a terrific economy rate of 6.7.
- It is wrong to consider him as a wicket-taking machine, because he serves a different role. Green essentially ties down batsmen at one end with restrictive dot bowls and few boundaries, thus allowing other bowlers to attack without hesitation.
- He would thus serve as an excellent backup option to Yuzvendra Chahal who can thus break free of restriction based bowling and attack and pick up much-needed wickets for RCB.
- An interesting feature of IPL is how most matches end up exhausting the entire batting line up, thus requiring bowlers to be good with the bat too. Australian bowlers have historically performed as batsmen with pushed and Green is no exception. He may just earn RCB the much needed 15 20 runs in the last few overs to cross over to a 160+ score.
If his performance in the CPL is anything to be believed, he is in excellent form this year and would be a great addition to RCB.
One of the finest that Australia has to offer IPL right now; Glenn Maxwell has proven time and again why he is one of the most valuable additions to any team in the T20 format of the game.
- 2019 was terrible for RCB majorly because of the lack of a decent middle order to back up Kohli and de Villiars. Maxwell fulfils that vital role as a 4th or 5th down, and is a perfect fit for RCB.
- Maxwell also works well with the team as a whole, and with skipper Virat Kohli, in particular, makes him a good addition.
- Maxwell can be a game-changer at times. In the 2019 India tour, Maxwell’s innings helped Australia twice to win against the beastly Indian attack. It was here that he became the first Australian and 3rd batsman ever to score 3 T20 centuries, becoming man of the series.
He can be a valuable addition to RCB, chipping in with a few overs of off-spin as well.