Sports desk. Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir believes that Royal Challengers Bangalore should field a player like Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell in the auction to be held on Thursday to ease the pressure on Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in the batting department. Maxwell, known for his explosive batting in T20 cricket, is one of the 292 players who have been included in the IPL auction. De Villiers will have to reduce the pressure. He said that given the combination, Kohli should open the batting although it depends on the management and captain.
Gambhir said in the Star Sports program, “Yes, it will be good to start his (Kohli) innings.” He will start the innings with Devadatta Paddikal and then he has AB de Villiers. You would like ‘X Factor’ like Maxwell and can make an impact at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. “Gambhir said that Kings XI Punjab (now known as Punjab Kings) can choose Umesh Yadav, Kyle Jameson and Chris Maurice . He said that he would have to strengthen his Indian bowling department. Gambhir said, ‘They (Kings XI Punjab) can strengthen their Indian bowling as they have no other reliable bowler except Mohammed Shami.
He said, ‘Umesh Yadav may be a good choice. Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav will bowl with the new ball. With this they can rotate their fast bowlers. They should have bowlers like Chris Maurice and Kyle Jameson. So they can take both of them. Former fast bowler Ashish Nehra believes Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan may be the biggest bidder in the auction, while another former Indian player Akash Chopra feels Maxwell will sell at the highest price.