IPL 2014 news January 9, 2014

RCB retain Kohli, Gayle and de Villiers

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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.

  • 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

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • Protea.Titan on January 10, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    RCB should go for Dale Steyn, Amit Mishra and Chris Morris to complement their gargantuan batting trio.

  • cricketisagame on January 10, 2014, 7:06 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)

  • on January 10, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    RCB Auction buy

    Batting : AJ Finch,KL Rahul,MK Pandey,G.J. Bailey,M.J.Guptill,sanju samson,vijay zol

    All rounders: A.D. Mathews,Luke Wright,Stuart Binny

    Bowling: RJ Harris,JP Faulkner,C.J. McKay,B. Kumar,HS Sharath,Vinay Kumar,A Mithun,Pankaj Singh

    Spinner: kp appanna,Amit Mishra

  • on January 10, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    rcb need a domestic plyers lik uthappa manish pandey and rcb need a good opener like open the inngs with gayle i think agarwal ws a good openar fr rcb giv mor chanc fr t agarwal

  • on January 10, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    RCB Auction buy: Morne Morkel (DD - If not retained) D Miller (KXIP - If not retained) Opener - M Hussey Tendo - KKR G Swann - Get him out of his retirement (Low cost, Paisa wassul buy - Handy in Hyd pitch)

    Indian Players: Uthappa - Pune B Kumar - Pune Shami Ahmed - None Praveen Kumar - KXIP M Jhonson - MI (If not retained) Y Pathan - KKR Y Singh - Pune

    Buying players owned: Rampaul Pujara

    This should be RCB's top target list for their buy. As they cant buy all of them, certainly they should have list of target players.

  • RCB4Eva on January 10, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    Retention is along expected lines. No one would let go of these three from their teams. Now, if only we can get Uthappa and Manish Pandey, our batting would be complete. These two guys are experienced and in prime form. Some of the other franchises would probably bid heavily for their services. Maybe get back Henriques to settle the all rounder spot, even if he hasn't done much recently.

    Our bowling has always been a problem right from the start. H S Sharath is doing well for Karnataka at the moment and he should be considered seriously. Not sure about Vinay though. But even if he goes for runs, we should remember that he was among the top wicket takers last season in the group stage. If only we could get Steyn back, assuming Sunrisers are willing to let him go!

  • Bat-an-Bowl on January 10, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    since pune team is scrapped yuaraj is the price up for grab hopefully RCB can get him on board. and robin, finch and Mathews are will be sort by all tems.. it's going to be intresting to see who gets who...?

  • on January 10, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    henriques will be good for match card

  • Avi56 on January 10, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    Not Retaining the TRio is the most suicidal thing any could think of...It was known that these 3 would be retained...But what comes to the surprise is Dan Vettori is the coach. Vettori is a superb guy very down to earth...And had captained a NZ team at its peak and also they way he believes in players...Good Move...We are going to certainly miss Ray Jennings the guy who transformed the RCB team from the so called "test team" in season 1 to one of the most terrific teams.. With Alan Donald in Place RCB should invest money in a Good Fast Bowler like Philander/McCleneghan/Cummins/Rampaul and one overseas batsmen...from the form now I see only Ross Taylor to be the Trump Card..Considering his stint with RCB was the best in his IPL Career..And then pick as many domestic bowlers mainly pace bowlers as possible...And also push Domestic players like KL Rahul, Manish Pandey up the ladder..With Gayle and Kohli top order put domestic players and then domestic players and Devilliers finishing

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 9, 2014, 22:51 GMT

    I simply CANNOT believe how a useless bowler like Vinay Kumar could be retained thanks to the matching card system. Vinay Kumar is a mediocre bowler who will sneeze up runs for a joke. They should instead get a good overseas bowler, some one from SA or AUS. The Chinnaswamy stadium has good pace and bounce but it will become a batting paradise with bowlers like Vinay Kumar bowling on it. Terrible choice by RCB if they go forward with it.

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 9, 2014, 21:27 GMT

    GREAT news for the Red Devils !! I am sure they will do everything they can to win the IPL championship this year. One of the most unlucky teams ever with so much talent yet falling short.

  • on January 9, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    Good news for rCB fans

  • Simbasr on January 9, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    Can Pakistani Players play in 2014 edition of IPL?

  • iceaxe on January 9, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    Congrats to Vettori. With Fleming coaching Super Kings, us kiwi supporters now have two top teams of interest.

    Great to see RCB retain the big guns. I'm expecting big things of them this season.

  • 22many on January 9, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    @joe-man your man would be taylor.....bring him back home where he belongs

  • CricFanKrish on January 9, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    Wonder if Vernon Philander is available at the auction. That will be a fantastic buy. Could also look at James Pattinson / Doug Bollinger / Boyd Rankin (if English bowlers do participate). Abhimanyu Mithun should be given more chances as well. On the spin front, Appanna and Syed Mohammed will do a more than decent job.

  • on January 9, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    Sher-Sher :You are too early to predict. We still have auctions to go on....This is only the list of players retained...

  • on January 9, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    i think its really something wrong in right to match card 5 players retained 1 match card 3 players retained 1 match card i think the team retained 5 players should not give right to match card

  • on January 9, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    Nice to see Trios Kholi,Gayle & ABD in RCB Colours...

  • on January 9, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Most of the people are focused on explosive players for rest of the RCB squad.But in my opinion they should go for a player who can anchor one side of the inning when shots are played by Gayle, Kohli and ABD,as when these 3 fail RCB batting just slams on ground.One such player is Amla on which no team focuses but the guy is an underrated t20 player so you can have him at reasonable cost too.With that they need one genuine all rounder and the team is all set to perform upto its name. PS-For live example see his batting live currently playing explosively for Cobras 38 not out off 24 balls.

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on January 9, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    @ Muhammad_farhan1229... Champions of what?

  • jee1 on January 9, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    RCB needs to pick Karnataka players' surely..They will make more Karnataka people support RCB..Out of those Karnataka players who will be in auction,I think it will be Uthappa,followed by Vinay,who will get more bidding amount from other franchises..

    If RCB can get Uthappa,it will be great..Gayle-Uthappa combination will be fantastic..If not Uthappa,atleast mayank Agarwal should be brought in the auction..And if there is 1 player who I wish RCB use match card is Vinay(even cricinfo feels it will be the case,in the above video)..

    And HS Sharath is the karnataka bowler who I am keen to look at how he plays in T-20..He has been fantastic at this year's Ranji trophy.. I doubt Binny will be available as RR is keen to retain him..

    So,the Karnataka players that shd be brought are:- 1)Uthappa(if possible)/Mayank 2)Vinay Kumar 3)HS Sharath

    So,with the above 3 karnataka players and BIG 3 (Gayle,AB,Kohli), 2 good internationals' and 3 good Indian players are needed to make RCB win IPL7.. :)

  • on January 9, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    The logic seems to be that, we had a great batting unit, so lets retain the core (gayle, virat and AB). Bowling was always a problem compared to batting. So, they are going to try and use lot of their budget in buying good bowlers or above average bowlers and rely on donald making them a better bowling unit. I think they might use their right to match to retain any bowler who they might think was good in earlier seasons (Zaheer/Rampaul/Vinay).

  • on January 9, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    Pick good bowlers & enough Karnataka players this time at least, namely Uthappa, Vinay, Manish Pandey, Mithun, Gautham, KL Rahul, Binny. All the best RCB.

  • on January 9, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    Will back with bang! this time.. Virat, ABD & The Big man CG!!

  • BRUTALANALYST on January 9, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    Would love to see Uthappa return to RCB along with Andre Russell after watching him in the CPL !

  • gauravm5 on January 9, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    Gayle & ABD are defniitely gonna play all matches (exception - injury). RCB should look for their 3rd (batsman) overseas player. The best options are: Brad Hodge, Steven Smith & D Hussey. In case RCB thinks about having a proper all-rounder in the playing eleven then the best options are Angelo Mathews, Azhar Mahmood and Sakib Ul Hasan. I really want RCB picking Zaheer Khan through RIGHT TO WATCH; he is still the best Indian pace bowler. Considering the remaining money & Bangalore Pitch, the best RCB playing Eleven would be Gayle, Parthiv, Virat, Binny, ABD, Rayudu/ManojTiwary, Sakib/AzharMahmood/Angelo Mathews (depending on pitch conditions), Faulkner, Zaheer, Vinay and Shahbaz Nadeem. Bangalore pitch is not so good for spinners so it wud better for RCB to go with 4 pacers and one spinner. The overseas bowler could be one from Morne Morkel, faulkner, Bollinger and Coulter Nile.

  • sheru-sher on January 9, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    RCB can never win the IPL .Rarely will the 3 "explode" at the same time and RCB do not have good bowlers to match other teams.

  • AltafPatel on January 9, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    @Maruthi Sk Vinaykumar captain ! hehe...

  • msdhoni123 on January 9, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    RCB is like the indian cricket team. Filled with the best batting line up in the world. but has the worst bowling line up. Can't defend any scored irrespective of how big the score is. Can chase down any scores however big it may be. Has the best home record and the worst away record.

  • AltafPatel on January 9, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    Anticipated decision.

  • ARad on January 9, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Kohli and De Villiers are going to be good value for the money. In addition to being proven batsmen with good technique, power and resourcefulness, both are reaching their prime or already in prime. They are also great fielders and possess leadership credentials. Gayle has the ability to destruct and can be a very useful bowler but it is possible that he may have peaked already. Slight dip in physical skills can make a difference to a player who depends more on hand-eye coordination rather than technique and, at 34, Gayle may turn out to be a risk.

  • on January 9, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    awesome...jus bring back uthappa ,pandey and binny...

  • xylo on January 9, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    "supporting Karnataka is missing when RCB is Bangalore only by name"? RCB is interested in the "Royal Challenger" aspect rather than the "Bangalore" aspect. :-p

  • on January 9, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    RCB management needs to be focus on bowling side & In my view virat is a not matured captain yet since his disappointments & aggression on field stands high although he is key player of the side. Hope Vinay kumar is good contest for the captain.

  • Muhammad_farhan1229 on January 9, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    i am frm PAKISTAN why our pak players are not in ipl.... our players are the champions...

  • on January 9, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    night mares for the bowlers..... imagine these three guys playing for one nation..... wow.... go rcb.... just what I expected....

  • dattadguru on January 9, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    It was a wise choice to retain batsmen.. As we have seen in the past few seasons bowlers have always gone for a lower price and picking them in auctions is a lot easier.

  • on January 9, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    Sehwag.. All he needs is one break and he will prove his mettle and hope Dhoni is not in-secured about Sehwag and sidelines him..

  • on January 9, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    Uttappa could open with gayle and miller could be great finisher along with ab .. And some fine t20 bowlers needed this time around

  • on January 9, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    Retaining are expected with the role those have played in the previous versions.. love to have solid bowling combination who can equally support these batting stars in their roll......

  • on January 9, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Target Indian under 19 player bhui he is extraordinary player

  • class9ryan on January 9, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    RCB are quite lucky to have AB and Kohli in their team. Both of them are best players from their countries across all formats. I hope there is local flavor in each team and there are players from the home state.

  • on January 9, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    Get viru or yuvi we will be strong enough

  • on January 9, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    virender sehwag will not be retained by daredevils . he is a complete failure . think he will be bought on a cheap base . no chance he will get back into Indian team

  • on January 9, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    The batting core is wonderful. It would be interesting the bowling combination that the team will bet after. I also agree about the need for local flavor and for Karnataka players to be available for RCB. The fervor of supporting Karnataka is missing when RCB is Bangalore only by name

  • on January 9, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    we want viRU comeback to indian team as opener

  • on January 9, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    not surprised,RCB's retention was early expected,but vettori should play i think..just want to know other team's retention,exited very much,can't wait fr tomm.. shoud DD retain VIRU or not?

  • CricketMaan on January 9, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    Here is my guess assumming 3 will be retained in each team CSK - MSD, Raina, Ashwin MI - Rohit, Malinga, Mitch KKR - GG, Jaques, Lee/Shami DD - Warner SRH - Steyn, Dhawan, DeKock/Mishra KXIP - None RR - Sanju, Rahane, Watto

  • on January 9, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    Now rope in Ben Cutting, Neesham, David Willey, J Smuts, Moeen Ali or Shakib ul hasan, Dernbach, Llyn

    Indian Players: L.Rahul,Binny,M.Agarwal, Suryaprakash Yadav, Vinay Kumar, Pankaj Singh, Unadkant, U.Chand, P.Chawla, Kedar Jadhav, Baba Aparjit, Shadab Nadeem and Uthappa

  • barryrichardsfan on January 9, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    MI: Rohit, Johnson, Malinga, Pollard SRH : Dhawan, Steyn, Perera KXI : Miller KKR : Narine

  • class9ryan on January 9, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    RCB, Chennai and Mumbai will go as the most happy teams into the auctions. Chennai, Mumbai and Bangalore have at-least 3 players who if send into auctions could have easily get around 12.5 crores each. I hope RCB and CSK this time around buy better bowlers because their batting has made up for their bowling on numerous ocassions and they need to have bowlers who can bowl in T20s.

  • Joe-car on January 9, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    Great, now all we need now are two strike bowlers- a quickie and a twicker-, a few middle-order batsmen who can graft for runs and hold up an end. And unlike other teams I don't think we really need a finisher with guys like AB, Virat and Gayle in our team, but I wouldn't really mind someone like an Uthappa or a Miller(wishful thinking, I know).

  • on January 9, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    I need vettori to play .not to sit at the end

  • 30-30-150 on January 9, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    To make the league successful, the core of each team should be from its catchment area. IPL was at its peak from 2008-2010 only because most of the local players played for their respective city teams. If Uthappa, Pandey, Binny, Vinay, Agarwal etc play for RCB, then the league will be more meaningful and a huge fan base will be developed over the years like football. I'm also not a big fan of reshuffling the players after every three years. A team is identified by its players not by its owners.

  • on January 9, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    Good Selection but what about zak !!!!! Dont forget utthppa, pandey, vinay, sharath, agarval, common rrrrrrrrrrrr ccccccccccccccc b.

  • subash11 on January 9, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    wrong choice for vettori ,he is best all rounder and i want to see vettori as player & captain not as coach.

  • sunilrockstar69 on January 9, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    Bowling coach Murali would have been the best option...

  • nagSomayaji on January 9, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    We want Binny, uthappa, maneesh pande in RBC

  • on January 9, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    I seriously have a feeling 2014 could be RCB's year...if they get good players in the auction...and we need good fast bowlers and a few good karnataka players...they should target stuart binny and Uthappa...

  • on January 9, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    with 2 right to match cards they can get unadkat and pujara

  • rsr89 on January 9, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    As expected. Hope RCB don't retain RP Singh, Vinay Kumar etc.

  • Abdul319 on January 9, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    they should have retained dilshan

  • on January 9, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    good for them but I thought they could have retained murali as well

  • on January 9, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    as expected.. but daniel vettori and donald has come as a big surprise.. all the best rcb

  • CricketMaan on January 9, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    i hope ohja and shami paly for RCB so will be under the tutelage of Dan and Donald, two outstanding legends of cricket

  • on January 9, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    RCB retain Kohli, Gayle and de Villiers :)

  • sunilrockstar69 on January 9, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Well done RCB... Now go and auction the best :)

  • Army_rangers on January 9, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Wow!!great news for rcb fans..but bit surpriced by the vettori's appointment..what if other team buys him in the auction?wont he play?

  • yas950 on January 9, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    no idea why they took allan when he didnt do well in IPL-13 for PWI with a quality bowliing attack

  • jee1 on January 9, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    Very good choice by RCB!!They were the 3 best performers of RCB..Though I would have liked them to have retained a bowler(Rampaul or Zak)..

    So now,concentrate on getting good international fast bowlers and good Indian players..Get as many Karnataka players' as possible(Start with Uthappa and Manish Pandey)..

    Good Luck for 2014,RCB!!

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  • jee1 on January 9, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    Very good choice by RCB!!They were the 3 best performers of RCB..Though I would have liked them to have retained a bowler(Rampaul or Zak)..

    So now,concentrate on getting good international fast bowlers and good Indian players..Get as many Karnataka players' as possible(Start with Uthappa and Manish Pandey)..

    Good Luck for 2014,RCB!!

  • yas950 on January 9, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    no idea why they took allan when he didnt do well in IPL-13 for PWI with a quality bowliing attack

  • Army_rangers on January 9, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Wow!!great news for rcb fans..but bit surpriced by the vettori's appointment..what if other team buys him in the auction?wont he play?

  • sunilrockstar69 on January 9, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Well done RCB... Now go and auction the best :)

  • on January 9, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    RCB retain Kohli, Gayle and de Villiers :)

  • CricketMaan on January 9, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    i hope ohja and shami paly for RCB so will be under the tutelage of Dan and Donald, two outstanding legends of cricket

  • on January 9, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    as expected.. but daniel vettori and donald has come as a big surprise.. all the best rcb

  • on January 9, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    good for them but I thought they could have retained murali as well

  • Abdul319 on January 9, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    they should have retained dilshan

  • rsr89 on January 9, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    As expected. Hope RCB don't retain RP Singh, Vinay Kumar etc.