Virat Kohli (R) and AB de Villiers would again form the fulcrum of the franchise in IPL 2018
Virat Kohli (R) and AB de Villiers would again form the side’s fulcrum in IPL 2018

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are known to shed a lot of money in the auction. They underwent the same approach in the just-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 auction at Bengaluru. Spending INR 79.85 crores, RCB are left with only INR 0.15 crores. Nonetheless, they have included some big names, and got all-rounders in abundance as well. The biggest miss from RCB squad was West Indies opener, Chris Gayle.

Here is a look at RCB squad post the auction.

P C Role Sold Price (INR)
Virat Kohli India Captain/Batsman 17 cr
AB de Villiers South Africa Wicketkeeper/Batsman 11 cr
Brendon McCullum New Zealand Wicketkeeper/Batsman 3.6 cr
Sarfaraz Khan India Wicketkeeper/Batsman 3 cr
Tim Southee New Zealand Bowler 1 cr
Chris Woakes England All-rounder 7.4 cr
Moeen Ali England All-rounder 1.7 cr
Colin de Grandhomme New Zealand All-rounder 2.2 cr
Umesh Yadav India Bowler 4.2 cr
Yuzvendra Chahal India Bowler 6 cr
Washington Sundar India All-rounder 3.2 cr
Pawan Negi India All-rounder 1 cr
Manan Vohra India Batsman 1.1 cr
Mandeep Singh India Batsman 1.4 cr
Nathan Coulter-Nile Australia Bowler 2.2 cr
Quinton de Kock South Africa Wicketkeeper/Batsman 2.8 cr
Navdeep Saini India Bowler 3 cr
Mohammed Siraj India Bowler 2.6 cr
Pavan  Deshpande India All-rounder 0.2 cr
Aniruddha Joshi India All-rounder 0.2 cr
Kulwant Khejroliya Sri Lanka Bowler 0.85 cr
Parthiv Patel India Wicketkeeper/Batsman 1.7 cr
Murugan Ashwin India Bowler 2.2 cr
Aniket Chodhary India Bowler 0.3 cr

Clearly, skipper Virat Kohli took active interest in the team discussion prior to the auction. As a result, some of his favourites have been included. Also, RCB have went in for quite a few spinners to support the sluggish nature of the M. Chinaswammy Stadium, Bengaluru. RCB have few wrist spinners — Yuzvendra Chahal leading charge — going by the present trend of them earning maximum accolades in recent T20s.

Talking about the big names, RCB have filled their lineup in form of Chris Woakes, Tim Southee, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme and Brendon McCullum. (Woakes became the second-most expensive foreign player after de Villiers).

Among the uncapped Indians, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya and Aniket Choudhary have been roped in, signifying the importance of domestic tournaments.

RCB have various options for the wicketkeeping slot as well. They have five (potential) gloovemen, with Parthiv Patel being the last entrant.

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