IPL 2023
RCB Ropes In Michael Bracewell To Replace Will Jacks
By CricShots - Mar 18, 2023 2:21 pm
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Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have roped in New Zealand’s Michael Bracewell to replace the fiery English batter, Will Jacks for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023. Jacks was ruled out of the tournament a few days ago and now his replacement has been named as the league starts in two weeks’ time. Jacks was bought by the franchise for INR 3.2 Crore. Bracewell comes at a price of INR 1 crore.

Michael Bracewell
Michael Bracewell

The NZ batter has featured in 16 T20Is, scoring 113 runs, and has picked up 21 wickets. He is the same Bracewell who smashed 140 run off just 78 balls against India in the first ODI at Hyderabad and single-handily almost won the game for Black Caps. Two months later, the New Zealand all-rounder has managed to sign his maiden IPL contract for the brutal hitting he pulled off in that match.

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The 16th edition of the IPL is scheduled to be commencing on March 31 in Ahmedabad with defending champions Gujarat Titans (GT) taking on four-time winners Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the opening game at Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad. RCB play their first game against Mumbai Indians (MI) on April 1 at home, M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru.

RCB, despite fielding a starry team season after season, has not won a single IPL title. Virat Kohli was the captain of the franchise from IPL 2013 to 2021 but failed to win the trophy for the Men in Red and Black. Last year, ahead of IPL 2022, RCB announced Faf du Plessis as captain and the team managed to reach the playoffs. But could not go further into the tournament.

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In the upcoming editions of the tournament, RCB will reboot and restart, aiming for the elusive IPL title. The Bengaluru-based franchise will heavily rely on the likes of Kohli, Faf, Dinesh Karthik, Glenn Maxwell, and Reece Topley. Bracewell is a great addition. He is a right-arm off-break bowler who can smash boundaries late in the batting order