4 Popular Players in IPL who never played for RCB

Across the last 10 seasons of Indian Premier League, Royal Challengers Bangalore has been one of the unluckiest squads as they have never won the trophy even once. On three occasions, they were almost there but fell short.

With plenty of talents they have in most of the seasons, it is quite shocking for the fans. Some of the world class players who played for RCB are Rahul Dravid, Chris Gayle, Dale Steyn and Anil Kumble.  There have been several amazing players in ten seasons who were underestimated due to which they couldn’t get the chance to play for RCB.

  1. Steve Smith

Before Smith became the beater, he was another all-rounder in Australia in 2010 who was signed up by RCB for the third season of IPL. But for his Bangalore franchise, he didn’t play even a single game and moved away to the Kochi Tuskers Kerala at the end of the season. Since then, he played for the likes of Rajasthan Royals, Pune Warriers, and Rising Pune Supergiants.

  1. Bhuvneshwar Kumar

With the bowling prowess of RCB in mind, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the player they would be regretting to let go of. In 2009 and 2010, it was fair to them as he was quite unknown in Indian circles.

After a decent campaign in Ranji Trophy, RCB roped in Bhuvi for the second season of IPL but he remained content at the sidelines while watching the action as he didn’t get any chance to play a single game.

In the next season, the same scenario has happened and he didn’t play for even a single time for the team over the two editions. Since then, he has been developed into the best new ball bowlers in the world and he is the important part of Indian side in all formats of the matches.

  1. Subramaniam Badrinath

He is probably one of the most underrated and unluckiest players. Before moving on, he played for Chennai Super Kings in six seasons.  Before IPL 2015, RCB has picked him up but he could never find a position in playing XI and known for power hitting in a side having the likes of De Villiers, Gayle, Russouw, Kohli, and Maddinson. In that campaign, Badrinath didn’t even play a game, which was supposed to be his final in IPL.

  1. Nathan Bracken

Bracken was among the best bowlers in the world in the early to mid 2000s. He was blessed with great accuracy. The left-arm seamer was the leading bowler in limited over cricket, which is witnessed by his 174 wickets in ODI.

For the first two seasons of the tournament, Bracken was the part of RCB squad but didn’t get a chance to play in a game because of his injury. Bracken didn’t play a single game in his IPL career.

In this way, he was not that lucky and he has been overlooked by his squad. It might be one of the reasons how RCB made mistakes by not choosing him along with other talented players.


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