3 Cricketers who left RCB and won titles for other IPL teams
1. Yuvraj Singh
There may not be any other player who has attracted as much attention as Yuvraj Singh in the history of the IPL. Every time he has been in the IPL auction (before 2018), he has invariably got high bids. In fact, for two back to back years, he broke the record to become the highest-paid cricketer in the auctions (2014 and 2015).
In 2014, it was RCB who bought him for INR 14 crore. The southpaw from Punjab played all 14 games that season and amassed 376 runs at an average of 32.90 and a strike-rate of 135.95. However, despite having a good season, Yuvraj was let go, mainly because of his price tag. In 2015, Delhi bought him for INR 16 crore.
In 2016, it was SRH who scalped him for INR 7 crore. And it was in that very year, Yuvraj went on to become an ‘IPL Champion’ with the Hyderabad side. In fact, SRH won the final by beating RCB itself. Hence, despite changing teams frequently, Yuvraj managed to have an ‘IPL winners’ tag once in his career.
2. Manish Pandey
Manish Pandey may have been a part of the Virat Kohli-led Indian side that won the Under-19 World Cup in 2008. However, it was only in 2009 that he shot into the limelight. He became the first-ever Indian batsman to score an IPL ton. Ever since that hundred, Pandey is rated very highly.
However, in 2011, Pandey was slapped with a four-match ban for violating some of IPL’s guidelines while changing his team from RCB to Pune Warriors India (PWI). He played there for three seasons before the team was terminated from the IPL
In 2014, KKR fetched him for a sum of INR 1.7 crore. And straightaway, Pandey became an IPL champion. After losing five of the first seven matches, KKR went on a winning streak and eventually, lift the IPL title for the second time.
3. Shane Watson
Shane Watson is one of the only few cricketers around the world who has scored a century for and against a team twice. He scored a ton playing for Rajasthan Royals (RR) against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in 2013. He returned the favour while playing for CSK in 2018 when he struck a ton against RR in the 11th edition.
In fact, it was in the 2018 season, Watson found IPL success after a decade. It was in 2008, the inaugural season of the IPL when RR lifted the title. Watson was a part of that side. In fact, he was a part of RR until 2015. In 2016, RCB shelled out INR 9.5 crore to gain his services. However, the former Aussie all-rounder failed big time at the RCB.
He scored a mere 250 runs at an average of 13.15. With the ball, his numbers are slightly better where he took 25 wickets from 24 games. Hence, in 2018, they decided to leave him. Thus, CSK got him and he found instant success. Watson was a part of CSK’s fairytale comeback into the IPL where they won the title for the third time.