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Why Have RCB Excluded Rajat Patidar From Their Playing XI For IPL 2024 Match vs GT?

Rajat Patidar is among the impact subs [AP]Rajat Patidar is among the impact subs [AP]

In a significant development, Royal Challengers Bengaluru have won the toss and elected to bowl first in their eleventh group-stage IPL 2024 clash against Gujarat Titans. 

The bottom-sitters have fielded an unchanged XI for this game. However, ace batter Rajat Patidar finds himself out of the playing XI as he has been included among the impact substitutes. 

Why have RCB excluded Rajat Patidar from their playing XI?

Being someone who can play pace and spin with equal effectiveness, Patidar brings immense value to any T20 side in the world. 

The stylish right-hander from Madhya Pradesh, who had a torrid start to the tournament, finally regained his mojo with consecutive scintillating fifties against Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad. 

However, as RCB have opted to bowl first in this game, Patidar has been named among the impact substitutes and will come to bat in the middle order during the hosts' run-chase. 

In eight innings, Patidar has amassed 211 runs at a modest average of 26.38 and a strike rate of 175.83. However, his recent form makes him an asset in the middle overs, where RCB would like some quick runs from him in the second half.