Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have released the maximum players – 10 ahead of the IPL 2021 auction which included players like Chris Morris and Aaron Finch. While critics didn’t welcome the move, Mike Hesson has revealed the rationale behind leaving high-profile players.
Meanwhile, many expected RCB to retain their core group, who helped them to qualify for the qualifiers, and South African all-rounder Chris Morris (11 wickets from nine matches) was one of their best bowlers. It came as a surprise when the franchise released him and retained someone like Josh Phillipe, who had a devastating outing in IPL 2020 in the UAE.
Chris Morris has struggled with injuries – Mike Hesson
Speaking on the motive of the mood, Director of Cricket Operations of RCB, Mike Hesson explained that Chris Morris has struggled with a couple of injuries which has kept him out of action. Incidentally, the Proteas cricketers also missed the first part of IPL 2020 due to injuries. On the other hand, Aaron Finch was left out because things didn’t work out for me and instead they want to invest in youngsters like Phillipe.
“As a 10 crore signing, Morris was a big part of our resource. But he had some injuries and missed quite a lot of cricket. Morris hasn’t played high-level cricket since then, so there is some risk there. As for Finch, it did not quite work out for him as we’d have liked. We have (Australian wicketkeeper-batsman) Josh Philippe as a p-order cover (for Finch),”said Mike Hesson.
Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore will be in a critical position as they have to fill 13 domestic and four overseas players with Rs 35.7 crores left in their purse. It will be interesting to see how they go about in the auction which is expected to take place in the third week of February.
So far, RCB is one of the few sides, who are yet to win the competition. Skipper Virat Kohli will be desperate to end the barren run and give their loyal fans something to cheer about in IPL 2021.