Royal Challengers Bangalore

Squad Strength: 24

Players bought in the auction: 9

Purse at the end of the auction: INR. 1.8 Crore

As with several other IPL auctions, RCB went after the flavour of the season, but this time managed to land Shimron Hetmyer and big-hitting all-rounder Shivam Dube at a combined cost of INR. 9.2 crore. This pair, they hope, will be key to answer one eternal question – Who after Kohli and de Villiers?

With a further INR. 9 Crore in their kitty, RCB went back into the action and made value bids. One such move gave them Heinrich Klaasen, the South African keeper-batsman at his base price of INR. 50L – down significantly from the INR. 2.8 Crore they paid last season for Quinton de Kock.

While RCB spent much of the auction picking up future prospects – teenaged leggie Prayas Barman (INR. 1.5crore), Karnataka opener Devdutt Padikkal (20L), Delhi batsman Himmat Singh (65L) and Akshdeep Nath at a curiously high INR 3.6 crore, they made no attempt to address their death bowling woes. Nathan Coulter-Nile, who missed last season with a stress injury, could only play a bit-part rule if he’s called up for national team duties for the Pakistan series, leaving Tim Southee, Mohammed Siraj and Umesh Yadav to bear the burden of the Chinnaswamy once more.

Batsmen Allrounders Spinners Pacers
Himmat Singh* A Nath* Y Chahal N Coulter-Nile
H Klaasen (wk)* P Barman* Mohammed Siraj
D Padikkal* Milind Kumar* Tim Southee
Shimron Hetmyer* Shivam Dube* Umesh Yadav
Virat Kohli Gurkeerat Singh* Navdeep Saini
AB de Villiers W Sundar Kulwant Khejroliya
Parthiv Patel (wk) Pawan Negi
Moeen Ali
C de Grandhomme
Marcus Stoinis