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
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.
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.
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||Captain||Result||Top Batsman||Runs||Top Bowler||Wickets||Win%|
|2019||Virat Kohli||8th||Virat Kohli||464||Yuzvendra Chahal||18||35.71%|
|2018||Virat Kohli||6th||Virat Kohli||530||Umesh Yadav||20||42.85%|
|2017||Virat Kohli/Shane Watson||8th||Virat Kohli||308||Pawan Negi||16||21.42%|
|2016||Virat Kohli||2nd||Virat Kohli||973||Yuzvendra Chahal||21||56.25%|
|2015||Virat Kohli||3rd||AB de Villiers||513||Yuzvendra Chahal||23||50.00%|
|2014||Virat Kohli||7th||AB de Villiers||395||Varun Aaron||16||35.71%|
|2013||Virat Kohli||5th||Chris Gayle||708||Vinay Kumar||23||56.25%|
|2012||Daniel Vettori/Virat Kohli||5th||Chris Gayle||733||Vinay Kumar||19||50.00%|
|2011||Daniel Vettori/Virat Kohli||2nd||Chris Gayle||608||Sreenath Arvind||21||62.50%|
|2010||Anil Kumble||3rd||Jacques Kallis||572||Anil Kumble||17||50.00%|
|2009||Kevin Pietersen/Anil Kumble||2nd||Jacques Kallis||361||Anil Kumble||21||56.25%|
|2008||Rahul Dravid||7th||Rahul Dravid||371||Zaheer Khan||13||28.57%|
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Team Stats
- 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*
- 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 & DAY||MATCH||TIME (IST)||VENUE|
|September 21, Monday||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||7:30 PM||Dubai|
|September 24, Thursday||Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||7:30 PM||Dubai|
|September 28, Monday||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians||7:30 PM||Dubai|
|October 3, Saturday||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals||3:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|October 5, Monday||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals||7.30 PM||Dubai|
|October 10, Saturday||Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||7.30 PM||Dubai|
|October 12, Monday||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders||7.30 PM||Sharjah|
|October 15, Thursday||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab||7.30 PM||Sharjah|
|October 17, Saturday||Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||3.30 PM||Dubai|
|October 21, Wednesday||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||7.30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|October 25, Sunday||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings||3.30 PM||Dubai|
|October 28, Wednesday||Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||7.30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|October 31, Saturday||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||7.30 PM||Sharjah|
|November 2, Monday||Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||7.30 PM||Abu 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.