It was the first time since 2016 the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) managed to qualify for the playoffs. However, they failed to win the title. Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated RCB in the eliminators, extending their wait to win an IPL trophy.
RCB will offload some players, owing to their dismal performances and inconsistency throughout the season.
Here is a list of 3 such players who might be released by RCB next season:
1. Josh Philippe
This was Josh Philippe's maiden IPL season, however, he failed to capitalize on the opportunity.
Right off the bat, Josh Philippe got playing time since game 1 and was included in the starting line-up also. Although, he managed to start only 2 games. He got another chance and was put back in the playing XI. His poor strike rate, however, failed to instill confidence in the team management, and this resulted in his drop.
He was not selected for the eliminator against SRH, with Aaron Finch given preference this time. Philippe managed to score only 78 runs in 5 matches with a below-par strike rate of 101.29.
2. Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn, the South African bowler, failed to make an impact this season. His heroics last season was shunned by his inconsistency and poor performance this season. This is clearly evident by the fact that he managed to only bag 1 wicket in 3 matches.
Because Steyn failed to impress, he was eventually dropped later on. He got a second chance against MI a month later, delivering 43 runs without taking a wicket.
With a 2 Crore price tag and an economy rate of 11.4, it is reasonable and in the team’s best interest to offload him next season.
3. Umesh Yadav
Being one of the senior players in the team, Umesh Yadav was top on the priority list. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you will deliver. The team management quickly abandoned Yadav after he conceded 48 and 35 runs respectively in the first two games.
The team clearly lost faith in their senior bowler, as even Saini’s unavailability was not enough for Umesh Yadav to earn a spot in the playing XI of the team.
Umesh Yadav was bought by RCB at 4.2 cr in 2018. His performances have been deteriorating throughout his T20 career, and it is likely that RCB will offload him next season.