As the excitement builds for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have been hit with a major setback. Star English all-rounder Tom Curran was ruled out of the recently-concluded Big Bash League (BBL) due to knee injury after playing just a few games. This has raised concerns about Curran’s availability for the forthcoming IPL season.
Tom Curran’s road to IPL 2024
Having been acquired by RCB for a noteworthy INR 1.5 crore in the recent auction, Curran’s journey to RCB is taking unexpected turn even before getting started because of his injury. The Bengaluru-based franchise had pinned high hopes on Curran’s all-round abilities to significantly impact the IPL 2024 campaign.
Three players RCB can vouch for in case of Tom Curran’s availability
In the wake of Curran’s potential unavailability, RCB are now forced to explore alternative options to fill the void left by the injured all-rounder. The team will likely consider capable all-rounders who can contribute effectively with both bat and ball.
1) Jason Holder – West Indies
One potential candidate that RCB might target is the seasoned Caribbean all-rounder Jason Holder. Despite going unsold in the IPL 2024 auction, Holder’s wealth of experience and versatility could make him an ideal replacement for Curran. The 32-year-old brings a proven track record in all facets of the game.
2) James Neesham – New Zealand
RCB could also turn their attention to James Neesham, the T20I specialist from New Zealand. Neesham’s stellar batting prowess and classy bowling skills make him a compelling option to fill the void if Curran leaves. His inclusion could bring valuable depth to the squad of the Faf du Plessis-led side.
3) Michael Bracewell – New Zealand
An intriguing option for RCB could be Michael Bracewell, who was part of the team’s squad in the previous season but was released ahead of the IPL 2024 auction. The 32-year-old Kiwi all-rounder might triumphantly return to his old camp, providing the franchise with a familiar face to compensate for Curran’s unfortunate injury.