IPL 2014 news January 9, 2014

RCB retain Kohli, Gayle and de Villiers

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Who might RCB use their right-to-match card on?

Royal Challengers Bangalore have retained Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers ahead of the 2014 IPL auction. The franchise has also announced the appointment of Daniel Vettori, who played for Royal Challengers in previous seasons, as head coach and Allan Donald as bowling coach.

Trent Woodhill, who is currently David Warner's personal batting coach, was named the franchise's batting and fielding coach for the season.

January 10 is the deadline for the IPL franchises to announce their list of retained players, ahead of the auction on February 12. Each franchise is allowed to retain up to five players and can buy back additional members of their squads at the auction via right-to-match cards. The number of right-to-match cards available to each franchise will depend on the number of players already retained. Since Royal Challengers retained three players, they will have one right-to-match card at the auction.

A fixed amount will be deducted from Royal Challengers' auction purse of Rs 600 million (approx. US$ 9.6 million, at the current exchange rate) for each of three players retained: Rs 125 million for player one, Rs 95 million for player two and Rs 75 million for player three. That will leave the franchise with Rs 305 million to spend at the auction. This season, each squad must include no less than 16 and no more than 27 players, with a maximum of nine overseas players.

The amount deducted from the auction purse is not necessarily the IPL fee agreed to between the franchise and the retained player.

India's Kohli, who captained Royal Challengers in 2013, is one of the leading limited-overs batsmen in world cricket at the moment, while West Indies' Gayle is unarguably the most destructive Twenty20 batsman on his day. Last season Gayle slammed a world-record 175 not out off 66 balls against Pune Warriors, on his way to an aggregate of 708 at 59.00 - he was No. 2 on the tournament's run charts. Kohli slotted in at No. 3, with 634 runs at 45.28. South Africa's de Villiers, who bats lower down the order for Royal Challengers, scored 360 runs at 36.00. The trio forms an intimidating batting core for Royal Challengers.

Former New Zealand captain Vettori, who has been plagued by injury of late, had led the team before Kohli. He replaced Ray Jennings, who had coached Royal Challengers over several seasons. Vettori's appointment is unique, given he is still an active player - he is currently playing for the Brisbane Heat Australia's Big Bash League. Donald, who is South Africa's bowling coach, had worked with the now-defunct Pune Warriors in IPL 2013. Woodhill, an Australian, is a batting and fielding specialist, having worked with Pakistan and New Zealand and several domestic sides. He is credited with moulding Warner at New South Wales, and also coached the Melbourne Stars and Delhi Daredevils.

"I am happy to be retained by RCB and it's great to be back in Bangalore," Kohli said. "I look forward to working closely with Dan Vettori. Allan Donald's experience will add a lot of value."

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  • class9ryan on January 11, 2014, 0:42 GMT

    RCB should at-least have T20 standard bowlers this year, their bowling looks the most fragile of all franchisees and they really lack speed and nip from the wicket even with the new ball. If they get a bowling order even as good as Royals, KKR they will be the top contenders for the title.

  • dummy4fb on January 10, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    From the overseas crop, RCB have two batsman set, now we need an overseas all-rounder and a bowler. Johnson or Morkel would be a perfect fit to RCB. As well as Senanayeke for turning pitches. If we can get some domestic batsmen like DK, or Uthappa or Vijay, that will be good. and someone like Ojha or mishra as a domestic spinner and Bhuvi or Shami to give support to the overseas fast bowler. Corey Anderson would be an Ideal allrounder for RCB

  • wapuser on January 10, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    since delhi has not retained warner rcb should go for him and for Johnson or morkel. what a opening combination it would be.... Warner and gayle..... two of the most destructive players in the world.. ...

  • davidbro108 on January 10, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    What's about @Harris. . . .its time to build a perfect team....he is in form.....no other franchise look to take him.....

  • IndCricFan2013 on January 10, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Bangalore has ABD; CSK has ABD Jr. (Ash, Bravo, Dhoni, Jaddu and Raina)

  • dummy4fb on January 10, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    Gud retention! RCB must bring back Uthappa or KL Rahul to open with gayle. Virat at 3. ABD at 4. Manish Pandey at 5. Steve Smith 6. Mayank agarwal or CM Gautham at 7. Vinay kumar at 8. Any spinner. 9. Rampaul. 10.HS Sharath or Abhimanyu Mithun!

  • Bat-an-Bowl on January 10, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    Now that all the retention are over RCB should go all out for Johnson, Yuaraj, Mathews, Robin, umesh yadav

  • raghudiddigi on January 10, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    RCB should go for steyn and ross taylor at any cost.....jut imagine Gayle,AB,taylor and steyn as 4 overseas players....and remaining should be picked at low and reasonable cost......any how RCB is considered as 3-player team(in last edition)..they can go now as 4+1-players team(kohli included) and remaining players are only for fielding and occasional good spells and good batting.....

  • UMASHANKARCOOL on January 10, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    I feel after retaining 3 match winners,RCB should try buying Uthappa,mike hussey, Yuvi (Bowl & bat), (these batsman along with 3 retained,any score is chaseable) rampaul,vinay(joker card). Bowlers: Bhuvi,sharath,pankaj singh,etc dependind on their availability. All rounders: s.binny,m.henriquies,angelo mathews,maxwell. RCB Team: gayle (Bat/bowl),uthappa,M.hussey, VK (bat/bowl),AB, Yuvi (bat/bowl),mathews/henriques,Vinay,sharath,Bhuvi,s.binny(bat/bowl)

  • cricketisagame on January 10, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    RCB should buy Jimmy Nesham and Corey Anderson at any cost at auction. Since they have retained only 3 players, they have big amount in their kitty. They should concentrate on Indian bowlers (both spinners and pacers) with Anderson and Neesham gives all-round ability to team. (Mathews is another good bet) A wicket keep batsman (Uthappa is a good bet since he can open with Gayle) should be on the card who can reduce the burden for AB (in case of injury)

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