Royal Challengers Bangalore
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The Royal Challengers Bangalore is one of the most loved franchises in the league. The Royal Challengers Bangalore are not known as the best of teams at the auction table. This team and its management have always gone in the auctions with a lot of money. Over the years we have seen RCB spending big money at the auction table. They have bought players like Kyle Jamieson for 15 Crores, Maxi for 11 Crores, and Hasaranga for 10.75 Crores. So, what have they done at the auction this time? Here’s a look: 

Royal Challengers Bangalore Team: 

Player Names Position Player Names Position 
Virat Kohli Batter Chama Milind Fast Bowler 
Faf Du Plessis Batter David Willey All-Rounder 
Glenn Maxwell All-Rounder Aneeshwar Gautam Spinner 
Dinesh Kartik Batter/Keeper Karn Sharma Spinner 
Josh Hazlewood Fast Bowler Siddharth Kaul Fast Bowler 
Wanindu Hasaranga All-Rounder Luvnith Sisodiya All-Rounder 
Mahipal Lomror Batter Harshal Patel All-Rounder 
Anuj Rawat Batter/Keeper Mohammad Siraj Fast Bowler 
Akash Deep Keeper/Batter   
Finn Allen Batter   
Sherfane Rutherford All-Rounder   
Jason Behrendorf Fast Bowler   
Suyash Prabhu Desai Batter   

Strengths of the RCB Team: 

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Dinesh Karthik and Virat Kohli, two of the most experienced batters will be seen in red and gold. IMG SRC: DNA

The experienced batting and Indian bowling unit is the strength of the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The batting has the likes of Virat, Maxwell, Faf, and Dinesh Karthik. All these players have the experience of a lifetime. Each of them can flip the game within a period of a few overs. The Indian bowling unit consisting of Mohammad Siraj, Harshal Patel, and Siddhart Kaul looks deep and good. Siraj doesn’t have fitness issues and you expect him to give you 2 to 3 good overs in the powerplay. 

Weakness of the Royal Challengers Bangalore: 

The absence of an experienced Indian batter in the middle order is seen. Royal Challengers Bangalore will have to find a good number 3 batsmen to keep away Faf, Virat, and Maxi or it will become similar to the case of Gayle, Virat, and ABD. Suyash Prabhu Desai and Anuj Rawat will have to step up. The spin department is looking over-reliant on Hasaranga, Karn Sharma will have to do his best if given a chance. 

Opportunities for the Royal Challengers Bangalore: 

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The opportunities are for many individuals. Anuj Rawat is one player to watch out for. The RCB management backs this young lad who has been with the team for 2 years. Shabaz Ahmed is also a player to look out for. With left-arm spinners being a rare commodity, he can get some chances. Mahipal Lomror can also get numerous opportunities in the middle-order. 

Threats to RCB: 

Their self-destructive nature is the biggest threat. Joy Bhattacharjya, the renowned sports journalist said “Tell me a year, when RCB did not have an IPL winning team!”. This speaks volumes of the self-destructive nature. They make a lot of changes in a short period. RCB needs to back players like they backed Siraj! The presence of their top foreign fast bowler Josh Hazlewood will be key. Behrendoff will have to step up in his absence.  

RCB Expected Playing XI: 

Virat Kohli, Faf Du Plessis, Anuj Rawat, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror/Shabaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammad Siraj. 

X-Factor Players: 

Anuj Rawat is someone on whom Mike Hesson relies a lot. Shahbaz Ahmed also can be used as a floater. On his day Maxwell will win you games single-handedly.  

Go to the official website of RCB to know more.