One of the most popular franchises in Indian Premier League since the inaugural edition, Royal Chellengers Bangalore, owned by United Spirits, are yet to win an IPL title to their name. The team has been captained by Indian skipper Virat Kohli since 2011 and despite the big names in the squad, the team has twice finished as the bottom-ranked side in 2017 and 2019 editions and also 6th in the points table in the 2018 season, and 7th in 2014 season.
However, the COVID-19 situation has affected players like never before and hence the dynamic this time might just be different. Needless to say, it would be a do or die season for the IPL ‘underachievers’ and their real chance to do something.
Virat Kohli will remain the captain of the RCB side and the team will also continue to enjoy the services of retired South African international palyers AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn.
The closest RCB has been to claiming the IPL title was in the 2009, 2011 and 2016 seasons but their failed to win the final all 3 times and were runners up.
Moving on, the RCB will continue to have Shivam Dube represent them. The all-rounder made his India debut last year and is one of the X-factors in the side. While the top-order is blessed with Aaron Finch, Kohli and de Villiers, RCB has a solid pace-attack headed by Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn.
The only major change would be replacing Kane Richardson, who pulled out due to personal reasons, with legspinner Adam Zampa.
IPL 2020 Auctions:
In the IPL 2020 auctions, held in Kolkata, RCB went on to hire 8 players and paid a hefty 10 crores for South Africa’s Chris Morris. The other 7 players include: Aaron Finch, Joshua Phillipe, Kane Richardson, Pavan Deshpande, Dale Steyn, Shahbaz Ahmed, Isuru Udana.
It seemed like the Royal Challengers top-brass had not come prepared for the auction, which was held on December 19 last year, as they were all over the place in terms of signing new players. Earlier, the franchise had released 11 players ahead of the auction so they had a full chance to make it big at the auctions but, instead, they poured all their money into hiring Chris Morris and Australia’s limited-overs captain Aaron Finch. The only good deal was roping in Australia’s promising star Joshua Phillipe, who made his named in the Big Bash League.
Here’s a look at the complete RCB squad:
Virat Kohli(captain), AB de Villiers, Chris Morris, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shivam Dubey, Aaron Finch, Umesh Yadav, Adam Zampa(replacing Kane Richardson), Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Dale Steyn, Moeen Ali, Parthiv Patel(wicketkeeper), Pawan Negi, Gurkeerat Mann Singh, Isuru Udana, Devdutt Padikkal, Shahbaz Ahamad, Joshua Philippe, Pavan Deshpande
RCB IPL History:
2008: Ended 7th in the points table
2009: IPL Runners Up
2010: Qualified for playoffs eventually finishing in 3rd place
2011: IPL Runners Up
2012: Qualified for playoffs eventually finishing in the 5th place
2013: Qualified for playoffs eventually finishing in the 5th place
2014: Qualified for playoffs eventually finishing in the 7th place
2015: Qualified for playoffs eventually finishing in 3rd place
2016: IPL Runners Up
2017: Ended 8th in the points table
2018: Ended 6th in the points table
2019: Ended 8th in the points table
Predictions for IPL 2020:
Despite never being the IPL Champions, 3-time IPL finalists Royal Challengers Bangalore are strong contenders to claim the title and lot of responsibility will be on the mainstays of the team, especially early in the tournament. Last year they lost seven matches in a row before finally winning one. RCB would be missing the services of Kane Richardson, but mostly have all their bases covered.
RCB COACHING STAFF:
Head coach – Simon Katich
Director of cricket operations: New Zealand Mike Hesson
Bowling coach- Australia Adam Griffith
Batting and spin bowling coach: Sridharan Sriram