Royal Challengers Bangalore’s journey in IPL 2021 came to an end on Monday when the team suffered a four-wicket defeat at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders in the Eliminator match in Sharjah. Bangalore’s team reached the playoffs for the second time in a row in 2020 and 2021 on the basis of their hard work. After the end of the journey in IPL 2021, all eyes are now on December, where the mega auction for the next season is going to take place. Most of the big players will be available in the auction, with the franchises being allowed to retain only three players for IPL 2022.
Brian Lara picked his Top 3 RCB’s players in retention for the IPL 2022:-
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Meanwhile, former West Indies captain Brian Lara has revealed which three players Bangalore should retain in the IPL 2022 auction. He said that the team should not retain South African explosive batsman AB de Villiers. Lara told cricket.com, ‘I think RCB will have to take some tough decisions. Of course Maxwell should come and hear what the coaches are saying about him. He has performed up to the expectations. Virat Kohli is the winner of the franchise. They will definitely be retained. Who else would I like to retain? You’ll want to go for the ones that feel like you can get them back when you put them on the market. I’d go with Glenn Maxwell for the second option. Maybe I should choose Devdutt Padikkal for the third player.
When asked whether AB would not retain de Villiers, Lara said that his form is not good and secondly that he is 38 years old. De Villiers has scored 313 runs in 15 matches in IPL 2021. But his performance in the UAE leg has been disappointing. Lara said, ‘Why would you want to retain AB de Villiers when he is not scoring runs and there is no youth left. This T20 cricket is not easy. This is the best league in the world.