Since the day Indian Premier League 2021 has been suspended, fans are eagerly waiting for it to resume. BCCI has made the decision to resume the remaining matches of IPL in the September-October window in UAE. This comes around as good news for IPL fans & more than that it is good news for RCB fans as their team was making headlines this year by giving brilliant performances in the tournament. Cricket pundits & fans actually started to set themselves up for RCB’s win this year & Kohli to lift up IPL 2021 trophy.
Due to the Covid 19 situation in the country, the league was suspended in the middle & according to the current stats RCB is at number three after DC & CSK. RCB will resume their journey from number 3 & will try to lift up the trophy this year. There was a time when RCB had no hopes & they never even made it to the playoffs before 2020. It was last year they first time experienced play-offs with Mumbai Indians, DC & SRH.
Some of the players which were associated with RCB have been released this year but after getting released this year or the year before this season, they have actually made it big with other teams. Let’s have a look at 5 names who did well after leaving RCB
Steve Smith, the former Australia captain, was first picked by RCB as a replacement player for Jesse Ryder. Unfortunately, he didn’t get a chance to play a single & was released by the team in 2011. In IPL 2012, he was picked by Pune warriors where he won the Man of the Match award for his 31-ball 39 on debut. Currently, he is signed by Delhi Capitals & under Pant’s captaincy, he is doing a great job.
One of the most trustworthy & hardworking names in the Indian bowling line up Bhuvneshwar Kumar has also been part of RCB. He had joined RCB in 2009 and stayed with them for 2 years. His IPL debut came in 2011 with Pune warriors & currently he has become one of the highest wicket-taker in IPL history & at present, he is associated with RCB
Another international star on the list, Eoin Morgan was also part of RCB in the year 2010. He played 6 matches for RCB that year but due to his below-average performance, he was released from RCB next year. It should be noted that he leads KKR currently has become one of the prominent names to look forward to in the tournament.
RCB invested in Watson in the 2016 season & he was brilliant with the ball where he picked up 20 wickets in the tournament. Unfortunately, in 2017 season his performance was not at par & RCB had to let him go. CSK picked Watson and played him as a pure batsman. They sent him to open (Watson’s preferred position). Watson smashed 555 runs in 2018 and his 117* (57) in the finals was the icing on the cake.
Moeen Ali was associated with RCB in the 2018 season & he did perform well in 2018 & 2019 with RCB at a strike rate above 160. In the 2020 season, RCB failed to utilize Ali & his performance went down & they had to let him go. CSK took this opportunity & signed him 2021 season & which was a big change for Moeen Ali. Ali has smashed 206 runs at an average of 34.33 and a strike rate of 157.25. He has chipped in with the ball too picking up 5 wickets conceding runs at just 6.16 per over.