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The Royal Challengers Bangalore The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League played some exciting brand of cricket and qualified for the playoffs. However, they crashed out of the competition after losing to Rajasthan Royals in the second qualifier. RCB had a lot of positives in the 2022 season and hence, they departed with just five of their players in the build-up to next season, keeping the balance of the side intact.
The Bangalore franchise entered the IPL 2023 auction with Rs 8.75 crore in their kitty. RCB spent the bulk of their purse to sign overseas players Reece Topley (INR 1.9 crore) and Will Jacks (INR 3.2 crore). Topli is a bankable name in the T20 circuit and is a great buy. However, one could argue whether Jacks is a worthy addition to the side.
Jacks has played only four international matches so far and has yet to appear in the IPL. As the 24-year-old is thin on experience, Bengaluru could sign some seasoned campaigners going into the upcoming season. Moreover, based on the composition of the team, there were some players who could have fit into the team better.
RCB could have opted for three players instead of Will Jacks here
3. King Sikandar
King of Sikandar One of the best all-rounders in Zimbabwean cricket. The 36-year-old has been a match-winner with both bat and ball and has shown his mettle in T20 leagues around the world. He scored 3123 runs in 160 games in the shortest format and got 83 scalps at an economy of 7.31.
In 2022 Raja took the international circuit by storm with his breathtaking performances. He took the bowling attack to the cleaners and scored 735 runs at a strike rate of 150.92 in 24 T20Is. Also, the Sialkot-born player strangled the batsmen with his variety and claimed 25 scalps at an economy of 6.13.
Raja is an established performer in the T20 circuit and has time and again demonstrated his all-round credentials. He could be someone who could act as backup to both Glenn Maxwell and Wanindu Hasranga. So, Royal Challengers Bangalore could add Zimbabwe to their repertoire. Nevertheless, Punjab Kings Raja is the best for the base price.