The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has made it to the IPL final thrice in the first ten seasons. However, they have lost all the three games, the latest being in the year 2016, to the SRH. They are always equipped with superstars but they do seem like a trophy short, which they will surely target this time in the upcoming season.
IPL 2018 Team Review:
The Royal Challengers Bangalore has retained Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Sarfraz Khan and it is interesting to see what role Sarfraz is going to play. As a retained player, Sarfraz should get more chances this season, which will make him feel more comfortable.
RCB has bought 21 players at the IPL Auction 2018 for a whooping INR 48.85 Crores. Chris Woakes, the all-rounder from England, is the highest buy by this franchise for INR 7.4 Crores. If you look at this squad on a paper, RCB is the strongest side who can beat anyone, but only time shows us the results.
The Royal Challengers have got an aggressive captain in Virat Kohli, who fires up the team and also leads them from the front scoring runs. AB de Villiers himself is a leader and is a great mentor in the field and his stroke play is brilliant to watch.
New additions in this season – Brendon McCullum, Quinton de Kock and Umesh Yadav (to name a few), made the already strong looking squad even stronger. If De Kock is fit and going, then there is nothing stopping this team from posting a huge total!
With the absence of Lokesh Rahul in this season, Brendon McCullum could become a great opening partner for Virat Kohli. RCB can also go with Quinton de Kock and Brendon McCullum as Openers with Kohli and ABD to follow! Overall, RCB has got many batting options up their sleeve as it always does.
In case you missed it, Virat Kohli has scored 973 in the IPL 2016 season. This is still the most runs scored by any player in a single season of Indian Premier League!
In the recent past in the International Cricket, Chahal is leaking too many boundaries and sixes in the pursuit of getting wickets. This might cost the team very badly.
Chris Woakes might not be fully available for this tournament as England are preparing for games against New Zealand and Pakistan. If he chooses the national side, then RCB is going to a lose their best all-rounder.
Virat Kohli (retained), AB de Villiers (retained), Sarfraz Khan (retained), Chris Woakes, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Brendon McCullum, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Quinton de Kock, Mohammed Siraj, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Colin de Grandhomme, M. Ashwin, Parthiv Patel, Moeen Ali, Mandeep Singh, Manan Vohra, Pawan Negi, Tim Southee, Kulwant Khejroliya, Aniket Choudhary, Pavan Deshpande, Anirudha Ashok Joshi
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