On RCB’s IPL 2024 Auction Performance, AB De Villiers’ Blunt ‘X Factor’ Verdict

Legendary South African batter AB De Villiers believes Royal Challengers Bangalore are still short of a quality spinner even after the IPL 2024 auction. While reviewing RCB’s performance in the auction, De Villiers pointed out that RCB released the Sri Lankans Wanindu Hasaranga ahead of the new season but failed to buy a proper alternative that could prove to be an ‘X-factor’. He also mentioned the veteran India spinner Yuzvendra Chahal which was released by RCB in 2022 and Gujarat Titans star Rashid Khan while making his point that spin bowling is a department that has been a problem for the franchise.

“One or two incredible spinners, I would say, X factor. Spinners. We need a leg-spinner like Rashid Khan. We got rid of Yuzvendra Chahal not too long ago. We’ve missed him over the last couple of years, I think . And I think that’s still the missing link, so we’ll see. They also released Wanindu Hasaranga after last season.”

“So I don’t know what the plans are there. Yes. There are some spinners there. I think we miss that mysterious X-factor spinner who gives you four or five wickets like Rashid Khan. Unfortunately there was nobody there could get him because he’s pretty much cement. Very cemented in that GT side. But hopefully in the future, you know. So I should try to get him over, maybe make a trade. I don’t think Rashid Khan is however, negotiable at the moment,” De Villiers added on his official YouTube channel.

Here is the list of all players bought by RCB:

1. Alzarri Joseph (DKK 11.5 million)

2. Yash Dayal (DKK 5 million)

3. Tom Curran (DKK 1.5 million)

4. Lockie Ferguson (2 million kroner)

5. Saurav Chuahan (Rs 20 lakh)

6. Swapnil Singh (Rs 20 lakh)

Retained players:Faf du Plessis, Rajat Patidar, Virat Kohli, Anuj Rawat, Dinesh Karthik, Suyash Prabhudessai, Will Jacks, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Karn Sharma, Manoj Bhandage, Akash Deep, Mohammed Siraj, Reece Topley, Himanshu Sharma, Rajan KumarVyshak Vijaykumar

Players Released:Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood, Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, David Willey, Wayne Parnell, Sonu Yadav, Avinash SinghSiddharth Kaul, Kedar Jadhav

Players traded in:Mayank Days, Cameron Green (shopped from Mumbai Indians).

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