Former Australia spinner, Brad Hogg has named the Royal Challengers Bangalore eleven which he feels ought to take the sector within the season opener on April ninth in opposition to defending champions Mumbai Indians in Chennai.
Without any doubt, RCB’s opening pair will comprise Devdutt Padikkal, who was the main run-scorer of the aspect final season, alongside skipper Virat Kohli, who has confirmed that he’ll open within the IPL 2021. Brad Hogg says that Kohli should play the anchor position and bat by the innings – as he did within the fifth T20I in opposition to England – whereas the likes of AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell assault from the opposite finish.
The former leg-spinner has gone with new recruits, Daniel Christian and Mohammed Azharuddeen for the lower-order finisher’s position at numbers 5 and 6 respectively.
“They will have Padikkal open the batting. I think he did a fantastic job last year and is another Indian talent coming through. Opening the batting with him will be Virat Kohli. I think that is his prime position. He will be able to time the ball, pierce the gaps during the powerplay. His role will be to bat through the whole innings,” Brad Hogg stated in his YouTube video.
“You have got AB de Villiers coming in at no. 3 and then Glenn Maxwell to finish off the innings at no. 4. I will have Dan Christian coming in at no. 5, another power-hitter, and Mohammed Azharuddeen. I think that particular six would be dominant in this year’s IPL,” he added.
No Kyle Jamieson in Brad Hogg’s aspect
Since the chinaman has picked 3 abroad gamers already, he’s left with just one international participant spot within the bowling division – which he assigns to Australian Kane Richardson over RCB’s big-money signing, Kyle Jamieson, who was purchased for INR 15 crore. Other bowlers in Hogg’s line-up can be Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, and Yuzvendra Chahal.
“We have got Washington Sundar at no. 7, who is also a big-hitter and can do some damage there. We have also got Siraj and Saini, two frontline Indian fast bowlers, who have got a bit of experience now being in the Indian setup. Kane Richardson for me is coming in at no. 10 and Chahal at no. 11,” the 50-year-old added.
Brad Hogg’s predicted XI for RCB in IPL 2021
Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Christian, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Kane Richardson, Yuzvendra Chahal.
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