Former international cricketer and cricket analyst Aakash Chopra is not in favor of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) retaining Glenn Maxwell because he is not too sure the kind of season Maxwell had for RCB in 2021, he can have that kind of season again going forward.
According to Aakash Chopra, if you need an overseas explosive batsman, you will find many in the auction and quite a few of them will be able to do the job that RCB might expect of Maxwell, but keeping an Indian core is very important because there might not be too many quality Indian players up for grabs in the auction.
Aakash thinks that the players whom RCB should think about retaining apart from Virat Kohli, who is the biggest player of the franchise, are Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal and Devdutt Padikkal because it will give them a strong base to build their team on.
Aakash Chopra says retaining Harshal Patel ahead of Mohammed Siraj will be a fine move too
Talking about RCB’s possible retentions on his YouTube channel, Aakash said even if they want to consider Harshal Patel ahead of Mohammed Siraj, it will be fine too because Harshal will also give them a seaming option among their 4 retentions apart from the leg spinning option of Chahal and the two Indian batting options of Virat and Devdutt.
Aakash Chopra might be advocating Devdutt Padikkal’s retention, and he might have a good point too because the left-hander looks a very promising batsman for the future, but not a lot of the RCB fans actually want Devdutt’s retention simply because he struggled with his form big time in the second leg of IPL 2021.
Devdutt’s knock in the second last group game against SRH where he faced a lot of deliveries to score 40 odd runs proved detrimental to RCB’s chances of finishing in the top 2. It had invited a lot of criticism towards Devdutt as many fans thought RCB if they had finished in the top 2, might have gone on and played the final.