Rajasthan Royals player R Ashwin has named his Strongest Playing 11 for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for IPL 2023. The senior player picked Virat Kohli as an opener in the team but what surprised many was he left out Harshal Patel from the side.
R Ashwin leaves out Harshal Patel from his predicted 11 for the RCB for IPL 2023
The IPL 2023 is all set to kick start from 31st March with a blockbuster tournament opener between Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings. The prediction time is here and many have started to pick their XI’s for all the teams.
R Ashwin, who will play for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2023, in a video posted on his YouTube channel, has been named the Strongest Playing 11 for Royal Challengers. The off-spinner wasn’t hesitant to name the duo of skipper Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli as openers.
Meet our most-loved trio of Virat, AB and Chris back together at the Chinnaswamy for #RCBUnbox presents by Walkers and Co! 😍#PlayBold #ನಮ್ಮRCB #IPL2023 pic.twitter.com/Yo24wgMLMA
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) March 21, 2023
Ashwin then slotted Rajat Patidar at No.3. The batter was in tremendous form last year and scored centuries as well. Therefore he will continue to bat at 3 as per the off-spinner. Glenn Maxwell if fit has been picked by the veteran spinner at No.4 for the RCB.
What was interesting is that Ashwin picked Shahbaz Ahmed ahead of Dinesh Karthik in the batting order. Mahipal Lomror was also named by the off-spinner in the team at No.7 before naming Wanindu Hasaranga as a specialist all-rounder at No. 8.
Ashwin picked three pacers in Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood and Akash Deep. He surprised many by not naming Harshal Patel in the team. The pacer has been doing well for the side since the last two years.
R Ashwin’s Strongest Playing 11 for Royal Challengers Bangalore for IPL 2023
Here’s R Ashwin’s Strongest Playing 11 for Royal Challengers Bangalore for IPL 2023
Faf du Plessis (C)
Dinesh Karthik (wk)