IPL Auction Live: Faf du Plessis Will Not Be With RCB. On December 23 in Kochi, the eagerly anticipated mini-auction for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 season will take place. Akash Chopra, a former cricketer for India, thinks the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) need to find a replacement for Faf du Plessis because the former South African captain doesn’t seem to be a viable long-term alternative.

Du Plessis was appointed captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore for the IPL 2022 season after being purchased by them for 7 crores in the most recent mega auction. The fewest of all teams, RCB kept their core and released just five players. Seven more players, two of whom are foreigners, can be added. In the auction, the franchise had the second-lowest bid of 8.75 crores, while Kolkata Knight Riders got the lowest bid of 7.05 crores.

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I Don’t Think This Team Can Do Any Big Spending – Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra stated in a video posted on his YouTube channel that Joe Root and Kane Williamson are not the greatest players for RCB since they need explosive players. He said Jason Holder might not be an option the team could afford.

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“I don’t see Faf (du Plessis) as a long-term investment. You might need a replacement next year if not this year. So can they start thinking about that? I am not saying that you go towards Joe Root or Kane Williamson because this ground does not suit them at all,”

Aakash Chopra (Image Credits: Twitter)
Aakash Chopra (Image Credits: Twitter)

“You need an explosive player, not someone who scores through singles and doubles. But from a captaincy point of view – Jason Holder, but how will they afford him? They will not be able to do that. I don’t think this team can do any big spending,” he added.

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They Will Have To Make This Auction Fantastic – Aakash Chopra

Chopra believes that the Royal Challengers Bangalore team is well-rounded overall. According to the former cricket player-turned-commentator, the RCB are already a formidable team going into the auction, and they will need to make this auction “great” to win the title.

“If Royal Challengers Bangalore have to win the trophy, they will have to make this auction fantastic. But the truth is also that they are already a settled team. They haven’t released any big names, they haven’t come with the viewpoint of enhancing their purse.”

Wanindu Hasaranga, Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore. Image: BCCI/IPL

“The team is ready. Faf is the captain, Virat Kohli is there, Rajat Patidar is doing very well here, they have an opening option in the form of Anuj Rawat, a finisher in the form of Dinesh Karthik, a middle-order player in the form of Glenn Maxwell, Finn Allen, Wanindu Hasaranga, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood – it’s a very decent team.” 

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