IPL news February 16, 2016

KL Rahul, Parvez Rasool join Royal Challengers Bangalore

ESPNcricinfo staff
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KL Rahul had played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2013 © BCCI

Batsman KL Rahul and offspinning allrounder Parvez Rasool will play for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2016. The pair had represented Sunrisers Hyderabad in the previous two seasons.

Rahul was picked up for Rs 100 lakhs ($166,000) while Rasool went for Rs 95 lakhs ($158,000) during the 2014 IPL auction. Rahul had an underwhelming 2015 season with Sunrisers, managing only 142 runs in nine matches at a strike rate of 112.69. Rasool had got only two games that season.

Rasool had earlier been part of Pune Warriors. He has also played a solitary ODI for India, taking two wickets against Bangladesh in Mirpur in 2014. Rahul, who can also keep wickets, returns to Royal Challengers, having played for them in 2013. He, however, scored only 20 runs in five matches.

Vijay Mallya, the owner of Royal Challengers, welcomed Rahul back. "Given his multiple skills, KL Rahul has a lot to offer RCB in terms of batting and wicket keeping," Mallya said. "It's a good feeling to get a prominent local Karnataka boy back home and in the RCB fold again."

Rasool's addition to the roster ensures that the spin department is well stocked with Iqbal Abdulla, Yuzvendra Chahal and Samuel Badree already in the mix.

"Parvez offers us a spinning allrounder option that we were targeting to compliment Chahal and Iqbal," Mallya said. "I hope to see him continue his good form in this forthcoming IPL season."

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  • needgreenpitches4bowlingallrounders on February 23, 2016, 22:27 GMT

    SRH was lacking bench strength for Indian Batsmen and all-rounders. Rasool was not given much chances even in depleted team for SRH so makes sense for Rasool being out. KL Rahul is totally a mistake since every team needs to groom young players. Especially Rahul whom even though is a test specialist is a great pure bat. I didn't expect pujara to go unsold some team should have him.

  • schicago789 on February 18, 2016, 15:52 GMT

    SRH,if possible try to sign usman khawaja and some upcoming inform spin bowlers from indian talent

  • Gnaneshwar Raju on February 18, 2016, 14:06 GMT

    Thanks SRH for getting rid of Test specialist KL Rahul. But they could have retained Rasool as he hardly got chances to showcase his skills.

  • suhail28 on February 18, 2016, 7:43 GMT

    @ANILCASTILINO...I think you have forgotten one name..Sarfaraz Khan

  • LovedFansofIndianCricket on February 17, 2016, 11:41 GMT

    This time there are many top order batsman are there in RCB. So Rahul has to wait. They have Kedar Jhadav, midle order batsman who will capable of Keeping wicket. So RCB wasted him. He may better oportunity in SRH. Rasool is good buy for RCB. Better batsman and good off spinner.

  • LovedFansofIndianCricket on February 17, 2016, 11:37 GMT

    This time there are many top order batsman are there in RCB. So Rahul has to wait. They have Kedar Jhadav, midle order batsman who will capable of Keeping wicket. So RCB wasted him. He may better oportunity in SRH. Rasool is good buy for RCB. Better batsman and good off spinner.

  • Corridor-of-Certainty on February 17, 2016, 5:41 GMT

    @SLCRICKETFAN1 - There is Bipul Sharma. Also Yuvraj and Deepak Hooda are handy spinners. But you're right about the lack of a quality frontline spinner in SRH team. I wonder if they can sign up Pragyan Ojha.

  • ADARSH100 on February 16, 2016, 20:09 GMT

    Buying Rasool is a good move. I have already said that RCB lacked a proper off-spinner who had a good name. Rasool might fill that void.

  • ullasjp on February 16, 2016, 18:09 GMT

    Woowwww!!!!!!! addition of rasool is an excellent one. RCB batting never a problem in ipl. Its there bowling let them down. Now bowling looks stronger than ever. Starc Watson Arvind Chahal Rasool Binny and Gayle, if needed. They have Aaron, Harshal Nachim, Iqbal, Wiese, Richardson, milne, Badree for backup. Hope this time its RCB's tiitle. Hope watson doesnt pick up injury, it'll be a big blow if it happens.

  • Bala Gopal on February 16, 2016, 16:45 GMT

    Shrewd acquisitions. Now it comes to does RCB have the big name temperament. This format is such that one big innings or a match winning spell is enough to win the game. Does the team RCB have that in them. Let's wait and see.

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