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IPL 2022: Aakash Chopra predicts names of players who can retain RCB, excludes Glenn Maxwell


Aakash Chopra feels RCB can retain Virat Kohli before IPL 2022.© BCCI / IPL

Ahead of the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 mega auction, many Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have wondered who will be retained by the franchise. To the great delight of all, former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra shared some insight into who he thinks will be retained by the RCB management. The 44-year-old believes the franchise will retain former captain Virat Kohli and senior spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. Chopra further added that management could be caught in a dilemma of choosing between Mohammed Siraj and Harshal Patel. Speaking via his YouTube channel, he said: “Virat Kohli, Yuzi Chahal. If there were two more in my hand, I would try to keep Mohammed Siraj and Devdutt Padikkal. These are my four players.”

“In fact, I can also think of Harshal. So it’s Siraj or Harshal. And Devdutt Padikkal. I want to keep these four players with Yuzi Chahal and Virat Kohli as my first two choices for retention,” he added.

The commentator said management will have to look at their vision when choosing between Siraj and Harshal.

“You can see Siraj in terms of long-term vision. Harshal’s development over the last 12 months has been very good,” he said.

“But then you look at three seasons. Not just one or two.”

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Chopra explained his exclusion of the versatile Glenn Maxwell from his list, saying: “It’s because I do not have 100% confidence in him. He’s doing well, but is not sure he will maintain it.”

During IPL 2021, RCB finished in third place on the league table and qualified for the playoffs. The Bengaluru outfit fell out of the play-off rounds after a defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Eliminator. It was also Kohli’s last season as captain with the batsman announcing he would resign the role after IPL 2021.

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