IPL 2020 UAE: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Team Profile Overview, Stats, Auctions Analysis, Season-Wise Performance, Full Schedule and Squad

Royal Challengers Bangalore look all set for yet another season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

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Royal Challengers Bangalore have never been short of world-class players in their set-up. Despite that, no other team has disappointed more than RCB in IPL history. In the last three seasons, their performance has been nothing but below-par.

They have reached the finals on three occasions. But that too is a thing of past. For the last three seasons, they have remained at the bottom of the table.

But do they have learnt anything from their mistakes? Has RCB worked on their weaknesses? Could we see a different team this year?

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Team Overview

Strengths:

There is no denying that RCB’s batting has been their biggest strength over the years. However, it also goes without saying that it majorly revolves around Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers. The duo holds the responsibility for making majority of runs. But just one or two batsmen won’t win you tournament as big as IPL.

Ahead of IPL 2020, the franchise has added Aaron Finch, who would certainly bolster the batting attack. Besides, the middle order comprises the likes of Moeen Ali, Washington Sundar and Shivam Dube.

The batting looks quite decent on paper but it all depends on how they performs at the big stage.  

Stong spin attack:

Given the pitches in UAE are likely to help spinners and slow bowlers, RCB would be pretty happy with their selections. The team boasts of a solid spin attack, comprising of Yuzvendra Chahal, Adam Zampa, Pavan Negi and Moeen Ali. All 4 players are going to be the vital cogs in the team in this year’s IPL.    

Weaknesses:

It is no secret that RCB’s biggest weakness over the last few years has been their death bowling. The likes of Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Siraj leaked a plethora runs at the death in 2019.

What about this year?

Dale Steyn is past his prime and has had fitness concerns. New recruit, Chris Morris too hasn’t been too economical at the death in the last couple of years. Senior bowler Umesh Yadav isn’t a regular in limited over’s format.

While fans would expect them to come good this year, RCB’s death bowling woes are likely to haunt them once again.

Middle-order concerns

Young Indian players such as Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube and Chris Morris are likely to form the lower-middle order for RCB. Both the Indian players haven’t done anything substantial with the bat in world cricket. Both are talented blocks, but to expect them to finish matches on a regular basis would be too much to ask for. While Morris has got the ability to tonk maximums, you don’t expect him to do it on a consistent basis, either.  

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Season Wise performance

Year CaptainResultTop BatsmanRunsTop BowlerWicketsWin%
2019Virat Kohli8thVirat Kohli464Yuzvendra Chahal1835.71%
2018Virat Kohli6thVirat Kohli530Umesh Yadav2042.85%
2017Virat Kohli/Shane Watson8thVirat Kohli308Pawan Negi1621.42%
2016Virat Kohli2ndVirat Kohli973Yuzvendra Chahal2156.25%
2015Virat Kohli3rdAB de Villiers513Yuzvendra Chahal2350.00%
2014Virat Kohli7thAB de Villiers395Varun Aaron1635.71%
2013Virat Kohli5thChris Gayle708Vinay Kumar2356.25%
2012Daniel Vettori/Virat Kohli5thChris Gayle733Vinay Kumar1950.00%
2011Daniel Vettori/Virat Kohli2ndChris Gayle608Sreenath Arvind2162.50%
2010Anil Kumble3rdJacques Kallis572Anil Kumble1750.00%
2009Kevin Pietersen/Anil Kumble2ndJacques Kallis361Anil Kumble2156.25%
2008Rahul Dravid7thRahul Dravid371Zaheer Khan1328.57%

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Team Stats

Batting:

  • Most Runs: Virat Kohli: 5412 runs
  • Most 100’s: Virat Kohli: 5
  • Most 50’s: Virat Kohli: 36
  • Best Strike Rate: Moeen Ali: 165.92
  • Best Batting Average: Iqbal Abdullah: 44.00
  • Most Sixes: AB de Villiers: 212
  • Highest Individual Score: Chris Gayle: 175*

Bowling:

  • Most Wickets: Yuzvendra Chahal (100)
  • Best Bowling Figures: Anil Kumble (5 for 5 in 3.1 overs)
  • Most 4 Wicket Hauls: Anil Kumble (2)
  • Most 5 Wickets Hauls: Anil Kumble (1)

Here is the List of Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL 2020 fixtures, venues and match timings

DATE & DAYMATCHTIME (IST)VENUE
September 21, MondaySunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore7:30 PMDubai
September 24, ThursdayKings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore7:30 PMDubai
September 28, MondayRoyal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians7:30 PMDubai
October 3, SaturdayRoyal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals3:30 PMAbu Dhabi
October 5, MondayRoyal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals7.30 PMDubai
October 10, SaturdayChennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore7.30 PMDubai
October 12, MondayRoyal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders7.30 PMSharjah
October 15, ThursdayRoyal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab7.30 PMSharjah
October 17, SaturdayRajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore3.30 PMDubai
October 21, WednesdayKolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore7.30 PMAbu Dhabi
October 25, SundayRoyal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings3.30 PMDubai
October 28, WednesdayMumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore7.30 PMAbu Dhabi
October 31, SaturdayRoyal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad7.30 PMSharjah
November 2, MondayDelhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore7.30 PMAbu Dhabi

Royal Challengers Bangalore Squad for IPL 2020

Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Chris Morris, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shivam Dubey, Aaron Finch, Umesh Yadav, Kane Richardson, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Dale Steyn, Moeen Ali, Parthiv Patel, Pawan Negi, Gurkeerat Mann Singh, Isuru Udana, Devdutt Padikkal, Shahbaz Ahamad, Joshua Philippe, Pavan Deshpande.

Also Read: IPL 2020 UAE: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Team Profile Overview, Stats, Auctions Analysis, Season-Wise Performance, Full Schedule and Squad

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