Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) were knocked out of IPL 2022 on Friday May 27 after suffering a 7-wicket defeat at the hands of Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the second qualifying match at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. RCB failed to defend a total of 157 points as Jos Buttler’s magnificent century propelled Rajasthan Royals to the final with a dominating win. RCB’s retentions have been called into question after another failed bid by the franchise to win their first IPL trophy.
RCB had decided to hold three players ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction earlier this year. They kept former captain Virat Kohli, all-rounder Glenn Maxwell and fast bowler Mohammed Siraj ahead of the auction. None of the three players selected has managed to impress for the Faf du Plessis-led side this season.
As Kohli’s struggles with the bat continued throughout the season, Siraj was taken to the cleaners by the batters and failed to consistently pocket wickets. Maxwell, on the other hand, failed to make an impact with the bat or the ball. Former RCB star Parthiv Patel recently questioned the franchise’s decision to retain Maxwell based on just one good season.
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Patel said he was surprised to see RCB retain Maxwell as the versatile Aussie has rarely managed to perform consistently for two consecutive seasons in the IPL. The former RCB wicketkeeper striker said Maxwell performs once every five years and the RCB expects him to perform as he did last year.
“I was surprised to see RCB pick Glenn Maxwell based on a good season. He’s been inconsistent with his performances. He scores big points all five seasons. He’s been consistent with his inconsistency. expected him to behave like he did last year, but that didn’t happen,” Patel said on Cricbuzz.
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Maxwell was drafted by RCB ahead of IPL 2021 last year and has had a great season. He scored 513 points in 15 games for the RCB last season with an average of over 42 and a strike rate of 144.01. However, this season his performance dropped again as he could only manage 301 points in 13 games for the team.
Patel believes Siraj and Maxwell, who had a season to forget in IPL 2022, will fetch less money than they earn at RCB if they are released by the franchise before next season.
“Glenn Maxwell and Mohammed Siraj are two players who had a terrible season. The franchise chose to keep them because they thought they would have made a lot of money at auction. But even if they release them now, they will still go look for lower amounts than what RCB is currently paying them,” the former RCB star said.