LSG vs RCB: Why is Shahbaz Ahmed Not Playing Today’s IPL Match? Check RCB Playing 11

Updated on: May 1, 2023 8:18 pm IST

Why is Shahbaz Ahmed not playing LSG vs RCB IPL 2023 match

Match number 43 of the Tata IPL is upon us and it a battle between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the home team Lucknow Super Giants at Ekana Stadium in Lucknow. RCB who are seeking a win after a defeat in the last game at the hands of KKR have made several changes to their playing eleven, including of Shahbaz Ahmed who is replaced by Anuj Rawat.

LSG vs RCB Match: Why is Shahbaz Ahmed Not Playing Today’s IPL 2023 Match?

RCB has finally moved over Shahbaz Ahmed whose skills haven’t been used by the team in this season. Shahbaz being a bowling all-rounder has barely bowled four overs in the 8 matches he has played, and with the bat he has returned only 42 runs from 6 innings. His exclusion was on the cards, and it doesn’t come as a surprise. Here’s what Royal Challengers’ skipper Faf du Plessis said at the toss,

“We are gonna have a bat. There will be little more turn in the second innings I feel. I feel much better now. We got Hazlewood in tonight, and Anuj comes in for Shahbaz. Our squad is well-suited for these conditions. It is just about batting well tonight.

RCB Playing 11

1. Faf du Plessis (C)
2. Virat Kohli
3. Anuj Rawat
4. Glenn Maxwell

5. Mahipal Lomror
6. Dinesh Karthik (WK)
7. Suyash Prabhudessai
8. Wanindu Hasaranga

9. Karn Sharma
10. Mohammed Siraj
11. Josh Hazlewood

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Shahbaz Ahmed IPL 2023 Price

Shahbaz had joined the Indian Premier League in 2020, representing the RCB team. He was retained by the franchise in 2021 for his base price of 20 lakhs. However, he was released by RCB before the 2022 Mega Auction. During the auction, there was a fierce bidding war between KKR and RCB for his services, and ultimately, RCB secured his return by offering a hefty amount of 2.4 crores, significantly higher than his base price of 30 lakhs.

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