IPL has been a terrific platform for the cricketing talents and it has continuously supplied the goods to the international circuit. Here all the teams are worthy title contenders which makes this tournament more entertaining than the other T20 leagues. Above all, whether a team wins or loses the fanbase has remained loyal and one such popular team is Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Over the years the Virat Kohli-led side has recruited world-class players and they have given some prestigious moments to the league. Amidst their aura, there have been players who have represented the franchise occasionally. They may not have generated mind-boggling numbers but they had the skills to become permanent members of the side. Unfortunately, they were dropped after a couple of failures and then their IPL dreams came to a standstill.
Here is the list of 5 cricketers who never featured in IPL after playing for RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore):
1) Manvinder Bisla
Even after having some of the world-class batsmen in their line-up, the Bangalore side is never short of batting problems. They have been unable to break the code and in the process, they have underutilized some of their batting commodities. The situation was quite similar in 2015 as the Challengers were trying to find an opening partner for Chris Gayle.
So they snapped up Manvinder Bisla in the auction who is an unrated keeper-batsman of the Indian domestic circuit. The right-hander is a hard-hitting player who relies on his hand-eye coordination to succeed. Bisla rose to fame after his match-winning knock in 2012 IPL final but his stocks didn’t rise in the next two seasons. As a result, he was traded by the Kolkata team before the 2015 IPL auction.
Bisla didn’t have to wait long for his opportunities and opened the innings with Chris Gayle on his RCB debut. Surprisingly he played only two games and then skipper, Virat Kohli promoted himself and took over the opening duties. Thereafter he was benched for the rest of the series and was subsequently released from the squad. It turned out to be his last stint in IPL as since then he has failed to attract a buyer in the auction.
2) Rilee Rossouw
South African players have always been a constant in the formula of the Indian Premier League. Especially the Bangalore team which has been home to some of the most iconic stars of the Rainbow Nation. Again in IPL 2015, the squad consisted of three African stars including Rilee Rossouw who was considered as an emerging talent in those days.
The left-handed batsman was a replacement signing in 2014 but the franchise decided to retain him for the 8th edition. Due to the presence of established international players, Rossouw was not going to be a regular in the playing XI. Still, he was hopeful of getting enough chances to showcase his talent as he is a good white-ball player.
To everybody’s surprise in one of the games, he secured a spot in the playing XI ahead of Chris Gayle but ended up with a golden duck. Then in the following tie, he managed 14 runs but after that, carrying drinks became his primary trade. Unfortunately, the skipper didn’t trust him anymore and lost his place in the squad before the 2016 edition. At that time the southpaw was in good nick so it can be said that the franchise didn’t use him wisely. The matters became worse as he has not signed an IPL contract in the last 4 years.
3) Parvez Rasool
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand why the Chinnaswamy stadium is considered as a morgue for bowlers. Especially the size of boundaries will never allow the spinners to befriend the Bangalore track. Even the history is pointing towards the same as most of the tweakers have not enjoyed their IPL career in RCB jersey.
Among them is Parvez Rasool who was part of the Bold Army in the 9th edition. The Jammu and Kashmir cricketer has been a good performer in the domestic arena and has represented three IPL teams. In 2016 after serving Sunrisers Hyderabad for two seasons a daydream to play under the leadership Virat Kohli became a reality after transferred in the trading window.
In the first game of the season itself, the off-spinner made it to the playing XI and bowled an impressive spell. It seemed that he can complement Yuzvendra Chahal on slow surfaces and played three more games but remained wicketless and leaked runs. Rasool needed to work on his consistency but he was not given enough time to prove his worth. Sadly a renewed contract never arrived and since then he has found his name in the list of unsold players.
4) Ravi Rampaul
The West Indies stars have a huge role in making the IPL the most celebrated T20 league of the world. Without the Caribbean flavor, the tournament is incomplete and that’s why they have invariably attracted elusive deals in the auction. All the teams including Bangalore have spent a pot of money on the island cricketers.
One such player who bagged a profitable deal in the 2013 mega sell-off is Ravi Rampaul. The speedster can be deceptive with his pace and can generate movement even on true surfaces. It turned out to be a good buy as he scalped 14 wickets in his debut season and his economy rate of 6.93 was amongst the best in the series. It was a positive sign for the franchise who have struggled with their bowling in every season.
With his form, he might have been a game-changer in 2014 but this time the team had the services of Australian spearhead, Mitchell Starc. Being the reserve option Rampaul became the part of the playing XI in mere two games. Though the left-arm pacer bowled well the team should have used the Windies star appropriately. As usual, RCB’s poor decision-making skills came to the fore and he is still unable to figure out the reasons for his omission from the squad.
5) Abu Nechim
Though IPL has been a boon for budding cricketers sometimes it can be harsh on the best of the talents. Especially if a player is an aspiring fast-bowler and gets a contract from the Bangalore franchise in the auction. The flat tracks and small boundaries have always bullied the bowlers and nightmares have become part of their life.
Abu Nechim is one of them who was the fresh recruitment of the Bold Army in the 7th edition. The pacer is one of the few players who faced the wrath of BCCI for plying his trade in ICL but luckily he returned to the competitive cricket. Then after spending three years in the Mumbai camp, he was going to represent the Challengers as they needed bowling stocks.
In 2014, the speedster played 4 ties for his three wickets but he lacked consistency. In the following season, all hell broke loose when he conceded 60 runs in one of his spells and it sealed the deal of his IPL career. Thereafter he was an afterthought for the franchise and found himself carrying the drinks for the 2016 edition. Finally, he was relieved of his duties and since then he has been churning out good performances for his state side, Assam.
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