Identifying a Core Group of players and developing them around the year has been our endeavor: RCB head coach

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IPL 2023 is now on the table. Recently all the franchise released their players and retained a few. The auction for the next edition is scheduled for next month. RCB is one of the franchises that are still trophyless. It has a big fan base and also has great names in their pool. RCB is led by Virat Kohli. RCB’s head coach in an interview told that they are identifying a core group of players and developing them for around a year has been an endeavor.

Sanjay Bangar – RCB head coach about core players.

Sanjay Bangar states,

The second season after a mega-auction is always interesting. It is important because of the fact that it gives you an opportunity to measure yourself in terms of how your team selection was in the mega-auction. That’s where I felt, the kind of preparation that the management and the support group has put in, in terms of identifying players, putting up a combination, how to have a domestic and overseas player mix becomes extremely critical. For us we have vindicated the fact that having retained 18 out of those 23 players that we had last season means that a bulk of the work which was done in the mega-auction was pretty spot on and it needed continuation because consistency is something that we are very big on. Identifying the core group of players and developing them around the year has been our endeavour; even after the end of the IPL season last year. Unfortunately, we had to release a couple of our players, Aneeshwar, CV Milind and Luvnith Sisodia. These are domestic players and I am pretty sure, the kind of exposure that they got last season, travelling with the team, training with the team, their interactions with overseas and international players, Indian international players would have certainly helped them quite a bit.”

He further said that the RCB franchise has always shown faith and consistency in choosing the right pool of players. They back their players and this had been the culture in this franchise. We are happy as a franchise. The franchise released only 5 players, this itself shows our choices were right and it is the time we need to groom the players. Also, the domestic players we released, would have been a fruitful experience for them as they got to interact with international players and Indian stars too. They will carry forward the experience in the future.

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