Since its inception in the year 2008, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has played a huge role in the development of Indian cricket. IPL has massively boosted the pool of Indian players and now selecting players for the national team has become a headache.
The IPL has not only helped the Indian players to develop, but it has given opportunity to young overseas players to also showcase their talent. There were a number of young overseas players in the initial seasons of the IPL who have went on to become an established name in world cricket now.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is one of the current 10 teams taking part in the competition. They are also one of the founding members of the of competition since 2008. But the team has failed to even win one IPL Trophy.
RCB has some of the best talents, despite that they have failed miserably. Meanwhile, the team sometimes lack the knowledge to judge the right potential of a player. Which is, the team had some quality players in the past, but they never used them properly.
Today in this article, we take a look at 2 such players who were a big flop with the Royal Challengers Bangalore but become superstar for other teams.
Whenever there is discussion about the best all-rounder players in the history of IPL, Shane Watson‘s name will definitely be included in the list. Watson has played for Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings in the IPL but his performances for RCB was very mediocre and unreliable.
Watson was never given a stable batting order by RCB as a batsman and it reflected in his performance. Watson scored 250 runs in 24 matches for RCB at a modest average of 13.16. As a bowler, Watson managed to do better for the team and took 25 wickets.
KL Rahul also played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2016
The biggest reason for the failure of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL is the lack of faith in the players. RCB included KL Rahul in their team in the year 2016. Rahul scored 397 runs in 14 matches that season at an average of 44.11. However, he could not play the next season due to injury and the team released him before the 2018 season.
After he was released, Rahul was bought by the Punjab Kings team and since then the batsman has been a consistent performer in the IPL. Presently the India international batsman is the captain of Lucknow Super Giants. In such a situation, RCB definitely made a mistake by not trusting this player.