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“RCB Does Not Have the Mysterious X-factor”: AB de Villers Highlights the “Missing Link” in the IPL 2024 Squad

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<p>The Indian Premier League (IPL) roster for the Royal Challengers Bangalore does not seem to have pleased South African star AB de Villiers. Following the conclusion of the mini-auction for the 2024 edition in Dubai on December 19, the former Proteas batter conducted a Q&A session on his YouTube channel, sharing his thoughts on the RCB team’s new appearance.</p>
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<p>De Villiers claims that while the Bangalore-based team has been able to assemble a strong group of fast bowlers, they may feel the lack of a top spinner throughout the season. Prior to the mini-auction, RCB made the decision to split from Wanindu Hasaranga.</p>
<p>The all-rounder from Sri Lanka was up for auction, and Sunrisers Hyderabad agreed to sign him for a base salary of Rs 1.5 crore. It’s possible that RCB considered replacing him with a spinner of similar caliber, but they decided against it. Prior to the 2022 big auction, they also freed Indian spinner Yuzvendra Chahal before Hasaranga.</p>
<p>According to De Villers, such choices might be quite important for RCB. He believes that X-factor spinners, who have the ability to alter the game’s outcome on Indian pitches, would be necessary for the Faf du Plessis-led team. De Villiers disclosed his decision by mentioning the names of two of the most accomplished spinners in recent memory: Kuldeep Yadav and Rashid Khan.</p>
<p>“X-factor spinners, one or two outstanding spinners. I consider men such as Kuldeep Yadav. We do, in my opinion, lack Rashid Khan, the enigmatic X-factor spinner who can take four or five wickets. Yuzi Chahal was exterminated not too long ago. I believe that he is still the missing piece, as we have missed him during the last several years. Hasaranga was also let go during the previous season. I’m not aware of the plans there,” the 39-year-old said.</p>
<p>“I think they added to the seam bowling, which has been the area that has let us down at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in the past,” De Villiers said, praising the addition of Alzarri Joseph at the just finished mini-auction. Alzarri Joseph does, in my opinion, justify that choice.</p>
<p>The Caribbean speedster, Joseph, cost RCB an incredible Rs 11.5 crore, making him their best purchase.</p>


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