The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have roped in uncapped Afghanistan spinner Izharulhaq Naveed ahead of the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League(IPL). The leg-spinner took to his social media account and confirmed the news. Izharulhaq was impressive with his bowling in the ICC Under-19 World Cup while playing for Afghanistan earlier this year. The 18-year-old uncapped leg-spinner had scalped four wickets in six games at a remarkable economy rate of 3.63. Izharulhaq posted a selfie with the RCB jersey on his Instagram as he confirmed the signing.
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RCB is eyeing to lift the trophy of IPL 2022
Ahead of the new season, RCB appointed a new captain as Virat Kohli had stepped down from the duties last year following the conclusion of the season. The franchise finally unveiled Faf du Plessis as Virat Kohli’s successor. The former South Africa captain brings with him plenty of leadership experience and success in the IPL after having spent nearly a decade at Chennai Super Kings.
Faf has already stressed that it will be a collaborative approach and that the energy of Virat Kohli will be crucial to their progress. RCB have a great set of players with leadership experience that will hold them in good stead. The likes of Glenn Maxwell and new recruit Dinesh Karthik and Kohli are expected to work closely with du Plessis.
Virat Kohli recently spoke about Faf in a video posted on the official YouTube channel of RCB. Kohli said: “I am absolutely ready. I messaged him as soon as he was picked by RCB. Sounded him a little bit on what’s to come. I knew getting Faf in the auction, the plan was very clear. We needed a leader who commands a lot of respect in the dressing room. He has been a Test captain; the profile comes with a lot of accolades already. Absolutely excited for him to lead RCB this year, we get along really well.”
IPL 2022 is set to begin on March 26 and Faf du Plessis’ side are scheduled to play their first game on March 27 against the Punjab Kings.