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3 Players RCB should pick in the IPL trade ahead of 2020 season

For exchanging players the trade window has been opened by the IPL governing council.

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Rahul Tripathi
Rahul Tripathi. (Photo: IANS)

Year after year, RCB fans proudly wear the red jersey only to face heartbreak and disappointment by the end of the season. The last time RCB qualified for playoffs was in season 9. Even Virat Kohli with his Bradman-esque form scoring 973 runs in a single IPL couldn’t take his side home. In IPL 2019, RCB had a disastrous start to the tournament, as they lost their first six games. By the conclusion of the league stage, the franchise languished at the bottom of the table.

Inexplicable selections and poor tactics have attributed to their failures. For exchanging players the trade window has been opened. Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals have already traded their players and soon other teams will make a jump in the ship. RCB also won’t hold itself back as they need to fill some gaps with the use of the trade window.

Here we look at three players RCB should rope in to end their title drought

1. Basil Thampi

Basil Thampi
(Photo Source: IANS)

Death bowling has been RCB’s Achilles heel since, forever. Everybody knows it; the captain, the spectators, even the bookmakers. Especially, in recent years, oppositions save their ignition just for the final overs assault. Their overseas pacers got injured before or midway through the tournament.

The Indian set of pacers isn’t reliable either. Umesh, Siraj, and Khejroliya do not give confidence to Kohli about their death overs competence. RCB desperately need a gun pacer who can bowl fast and accurate. The answer to that could be SRH’s Basil Thampi.

The Kerala born speedster is a blend of raw pace and precise control. Starting his IPL career with Gujarat lions in 2017, he scalped 11 wickets with a best of 3/29. After the dissolving of Gujarat Lions, SRH bought Thampi where his skills took everyone’s heed and appraisals. Since SRH already had a strong bowling attack, Thampi got chances in only seven games in the last two seasons combined. But the addition of the 25-year-old will add extra pace to RCB’s frail Indian bowling attack.

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