IPL 2023 Auction: 3 Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Players Rajasthan Royals (RR) Can Target.  Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) always had superstars in their lineups, from the now-Indian coach Rahul Dravid in the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League, to the likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Chris Gayle. Yet, they never have really gelled as a unit, and the title has remained elusive.

Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis
Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis. Image: BCCI

Royal Challengers Bangalore had a good outing in IPL 2022. In fact, they have been doing well in the last few seasons. That said, the expectation will be that the franchise must go all the way. They do have a few gaps in the squad. The Faf du Plessis-led squad can target a few good IPL 2023 auction signings but can also a few talented cricketers in the IPL 2023 trade window.

The likes of Aneeshwar Gautam, Siddharth Kaul, Karn Sharma, Chama Milind, Akash Deep, David Willey and Luvnith Sisodia may be released by RCB before IPL 2023 mini auctions.

IPL 2023
IPL 2023. Image: Twitter

Rajasthan Royals had a memorable campaign during the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League 2022. They meant business from the very first game and finished second at the end of the group stage with nine wins in 14 games.

Sanju Samson & co. conquered Royal Challengers Bangalore in the second qualifier to reach the Final but failed to recreate history as they lost the summit clash to Gujarat Titans.

Rajasthan Royals (RR) batter Jos Buttler and spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. Photo- Twitter
Rajasthan Royals (RR) batter Jos Buttler and spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. Photo- Twitter

Jos Buttler and Yuzvendra Chahal led Rajasthan’s charge in the IPL 2022 season and were the winners of the Orange Cap and Purple Cap respectively. The think tank had done a pretty good job at the mega auction 2022 to assemble a quality squad and it clearly paid dividends.

Rajasthan Royals were the first-ever champions of the Indian Premier League (IPL) way back in 2008, but after winning the inaugural season of the league, they lost their way for a long time and struggled to even make it to the playoffs consistently in the last decade.

However, during the last IPL 2022, after assembling a new team in the mega auction, Rajasthan Royals showed the old spark again under the captaincy of Sanju Samson and they made it to the final of the tournament before losing against the Gujarat Titans.

Ahead of the next IPL 2023 mini-auction, which will be held in mid-December, Rajasthan Royals might retain most of their players from the last year’s squad. Rajasthan Royals might release the likes of Rassie Van Der Dussen, Daryl Mitchell, Navdeep Saini, Karun Nair and Obed McCoy.

IPL 2023 Auction: 3 Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Players Rajasthan Royals (RR) Can Target

Siddharth Kaul

Siddharth Kaul in action for RCB in IPL 2022
Siddharth Kaul in action for RCB in IPL 2022

An experienced pacer, Siddharth Kaul was picked by the RCB at the IPL 2022 Mega Auction for INR 75 lakhs. Right-arm pacer, Siddarth Kaul, who has represented the Kolkata Knight Riders, and Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) was a regular member in the Sunrisers Hyderabad squad since 2017.

He made his ODI & T20I debuts for India in 2018. Siddharth Kaul is more than a handy bowler in the shortest format of the game. He played only 1 game for RCB in IPL 2022 and returned with figures of 0/43. The pacer, who has 58 scalps in 55 IPL games, may be picked by Rajasthan if Bangalore releases him before IPL 2023.

In the bowling charts, it was Punjab’s Siddarth Kaul leading the statistics in the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2022. He ended with 19 wickets in 10 matches at an average of 13.10 and an economy rate of 6.72. His best bowling figures in the tournament were 5/12.

IPL 2023 Auction: 3 Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Players Rajasthan Royals (RR) Can Target