Royal Challengers Bangalore


Last Updated: 30 September 2021

RCB or otherwise known as Royal Challengers Bangalore, are one of three teams in the IPL who have yet to win the IPL. Despite making three appearances in the final, the IPL trophy has eluded them. RCB was one of the original cricket franchises when the IPL launched in 2008, the Bangalore based team is currently captained by Virat Kohli and coached by former Australian cricketer, Simon Katich.

RCB is a recognisable name in the cricket world, but this has nothing to do with their performance as a team or franchise. The individual talents under the RCB franchise have picked multiple accolades, both good and bad. An example of the records RCB currently hold would be the highest and lowest total in the IPL, with a mammoth 263/5 and a miniscule 49 (all-out).

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03 Oct 2021,
Sharjah Cricket Stadium,
Indian Premier League 2021
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Royal Challengers Bangalore
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06 Oct 2021,
Sheikh Zayed Stadium,
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Royal Challengers Bangalore
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Dubai International Cricket Stadium,
Indian Premier League 2021
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Royal Challengers Bangalore are one IPL team which begs the question, how have they not won the IPL? They have not only employed superstar players such as Zaheer Khan, Chris Gayle, Dale Steyn, Jacques Kallis and more, but they have played a pivotal part in creating a superstar in Virat Kohli. Virat Kohli join RCB in 2008, the same year the IPL began, off the back of captain India’s U19 team to a World Cup victory.

Kohli has since risen to superstar status, he is the Royal Challengers Bangalore current Captain and the all-time leading run scorer in the IPL with 5,412 runs in 177 matches. To add insult to the failure of not winning an IPL, when the franchise first came up of sale, it was the second highest bid for a team, with only the Mumbai Indians being worth more. 

Check our RCB vs MI head to head analysis for more information, and you will see just how big the gap in onfield success has been over the years

Royal Challengers Bangalore Team 2021

RCB is the only team who almost emptied their purse in the auction like it was a sale. They were the first team to bid for a player in the auction only to back out after a counter bid was made. One thing they were sure about was to take Glenn Maxwell to Chinnaswamy Stadium.

They paid a staggering INR 14.25 crore ($1.98 Million) for Maxwell. Was that worth it? Maybe. Signing Maxwell, RCB tried to reduce over-reliance on Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. It’s been a long time since they had a depth in the middle order. It looks like they will go with Devdutt Padikkal, Josh Philipe, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell as their fixed line-up. As always, this looks like a fire-cracker but with RCB nobody can guarantee its chance to explode throughout the tournament.

In the middle phase of the auction, RCB signed Sachin Baby, Suyash Prabhudessai & Rajat Patidar – the three Indian uncapped players with an experience of more than 100 domestic T20s between them. A strike rate of 134.68 for Baby, 148.13 for Suyash, & 143.53 for Patidar shows why RCB went for them.

RCB released Chris Morris before the auction sighting health reasons. But they went to an extent of INR 9.75 Crore (INR 25 lakhs less than they paid him last year) for him. Well, the resigning plan completely backfired. But RCB swiftly moved on to New Zealand all-rounder Kyle Jamieson. They battled with DC and Punjab to cross the bidding amount of Glenn Maxwell. Jamieson costed RCB for INR 15 crore ($2.06 Million). Gautham Gambhir welcomed the decision saying he is the next Andre Russell in development. This must have made Daniel Sams who was traded to RCB from DC a little nervous.

With INR 29.25 crores spent between two players, everyone thought the auction was over for RCB. They jumped the wagon again for signing ex-RCB and current Big Bash winner Daniel Christian. Christian got picked up for INR 4.8 crores ($686 k). The deal made sure RCB could rely on an experienced player in case the Jamieson package doesn’t arrive as expected. Kerala wicket-keeper Mohammed Azharuddeen got his first IPL contract with RCB. His firecracker batting in the SMAT finally paid well for him.

(Purse – INR 35.4 Cr., Purse at the end – INR 35 Lakhs, Players Signed: 8)

Royal Challengers Bangalore in the UAE– Wanindu Hasaranga, Tim David’s signing bolsters the middle-order

IN: Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Tim David, Akash Deep

OUT: Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Daniel Sams, Scott Kuggeleijn, Washington Sundar

Royal Challengers Bangalore had an excellent start to the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). They played seven games and ended up winning five of those, which marks it as one of their best-ever starts in the history of this Indian T20 league. The three-time finalists are currently third on the points table with 10 points behind Chennai Super Kings (who are on 10 points as well) and Delhi Capitals (who are on 12 points from eight games).

For the second leg, RCB have made the most number of changes and it is largely due to the unavailability of their overseas stars. The Australia trio of Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa and Daniel Sams made themselves unavailable for the second half of the IPL. Meanwhile, Finn Allen is on international duty and is with the New Zealand T20I and ODI squads. Thus, he will miss the entire tournament as well. Scott Kuggeleijn who was roped in as a replacement player towards the end of that first half has been excluded as well.

RCB have signed up the Sri Lankan duo of Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera. Leg-spinning all-rounder Hasaranga adds all-round depth to the side. He can tonk the ball a long way and is a wicket-taking bowler. He has proved he is a match-winner for Sri Lanka and could well be the key for India as well. Besides, he is a live wire in the field. Meanwhile, Chameera has been Sri Lanka’s premier fast bowler in white-ball cricket and has done really well in the recent past.

Another big signing was that of Tim David. The Singapore middle-order batsman has been very impressive and has a solid T20 record. He performed really well in the Vitality T20 Blast in England and has impressed even while playing in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Thus, he could be a very handy option.

RCB were dealt with an injury blow as well. Washington Sundar who suffered a finger injury in England has been ruled out of the entire season. Bengal pacer Akash Deep has been roped in as his replacement. He took seven wickets in five games in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy earlier this year.

RCB seem to have all bases covered now. They have a balanced side and they have started really well. Three wins out of the remaining seven games should likely see them through to the playoffs. However, they will want to build momentum and challenge for a spot in the top-two. In 2020, they had seven wins from 10 games but they lost their way towards the end. The Virat Kohli-led side will be hoping against an encore as they go in search for that elusive maiden IPL title.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Players

The Royal Challengers Bangalore roster has already begun with the change in staff at the club. For the past three seasons of the IPL RCB have failed to make the playoffs. Prior to the 2019 season both Ashish Nehra and Gary Kirsten were brought in to make a change but subsequently failed to perform. This has led to their dismal and the coach for RCB is Simon Katich and he will work alongside a new director of cricket in the shape and form of Mike Hesson. Hesson has already hit the ground running scouting players from the KPL, as it has proven to be a good breeding ground for new talent.

So, what can we expect from RCB in IPL 2021? Well, you can expect some new faces from India, as well as push to get stars such as Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers and Chahal to make more of an impact in the IPL for RCB. Two areas that are for concern for RCB is the leadership from Virat Kohli and the lack of strength in their fast bowlers. Kohli has promised better performances time and time again but we are yet to see that come to fruition. 

RCB tend to do well against teams like Delhi a trend they will want to continue if 2021 is to be succesful. We will bring you the RCB vs DC match prediction closer to the fixture. 

NameTeamRoleBowling StyleBatting StyleNationalityMatchesRunsRuns AverageWickets
Mohammed AzharuddeenRCBWicket KeeperRight HandedIndia
Kona Srikar BharatRCBWicket KeeperRight HandedIndia
Joshua PhilippeRCBWicket KeeperRight HandedAustralia157819.50
Abraham Benjamin de VilliersRCBWicket KeeperMedium SpeedRight HandedSouth Africa169484940.40
Yuzvendra ChahalRCBBowlerSpinRight HandedIndia99223.66121
Navdeep SainiRCBBowlerFastRight HandedIndia262914.517
Mohammed SirajRCBBowlerFastRight HandedIndia354611.539
Kane RichardsonRCBBowlerFastRight HandedAustralia14361218
Adam ZampaRCBBowlerSpinRight HandedAustralia1452.521
Virat KohliRCBBatsmanMedium SpeedRight HandedIndia192587838.164
Suyash PrabhudessaiRCBBatsmanMedium SpeedRight HandedIndia
Sachin BabyRCBBatsmanSpinRight HandedIndia1813715.223
Rajat PatidarRCBBatsmanSpinRight HandedIndia
Devdutt PadikkalRCBBatsmanSpinLeft HandedIndia1547331.530
Washington SundarRCBAll RounderSpinLeft HandedIndia3618615.524
Shahbaz AhmedRCBAll RounderSpinLeft HandedIndia212
Pavan DeshpandeRCBAll RounderSpinLeft HandedIndia
Kyle JamiesonRCBAll RounderMedium SpeedRight HandedNew Zealand
Harshal PatelRCBAll RounderMedium SpeedRight HandedIndia481289.8446
Glenn MaxwellRCBAll RounderSpinRight HandedAustralia82150522.1319
Daniel SamsRCBAll RounderFastRight HandedAustralia3000
Daniel ChristianRCBAll RounderFastRight HandedAustralia4044617.8434

RCB Best Players

RCB has been blessed with some of the best players in T20 cricket. So why do they consistently fail to deliver? Sure the matches in 2019 were close losses such as the six run loss to Mumbai Indians and a painful 1 run loss to CSK.

RCB also had some massive losses like the 118 run loss to SRH.

Over the years RCB franchise included players like Jacques Kallis, Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan, Mark Boucher, Dale Steyn, Cameron White, Kevin Pietersen, Gayle, de Villiers and of course the master himself Virat Kohli.

*500+ runs

V Kohli2008-201916926541211337.844112131.615366480190
AB de Villiers2011-2019116273724133*41.842334159.552306306199
CH Gayle2011-201784113163175*43.322071152.725195248239
JH Kallis2008-2010426113289*31.441009112.19010412721
R Dravid2008-201037389875*26.41731122.840439717
PA Patel2014-20193237316725.2562130.070419815
Mandeep Singh2015-201832559754*22.11463128.940245421
TM Dilshan2011-201324358776*27.95534109.92053788
RV Uthappa2009-201027454968*23.86388141.490413930
LRPL Taylor2008-201022551781*30.41364142.030213531

RCB Best Bowlers

*20+ wickets

YS Chahal2014-201982293.5322841004/2522.847.7717.6
R Vinay Kumar2008-201363217.301822724/4025.38.3718.1
Z Khan2008-20134316721312494/1726.777.8520.4
S Aravind2011-201738126.401039454/1423.088.216.8
A Kumble2008-201042160.511058455/523.516.5721.4
P Kumar2008-201038139.221140343/1833.528.1824.5
HV Patel2012-201734113.50971343/4328.558.5320
MA Starc2014-20152696.41693344/1520.387.1617
DW Steyn2008-2019301141789313/1825.456.9222
UT Yadav2018-201925911789283/2328.178.6719.5
SR Watson2016-20172483.20730254/2929.28.7620
JH Kallis2008-201041137.221140232/349.568.335.8
VR Aaron2014-20162377.41703213/1633.479.0522.1
M Muralitharan2012-201421790561213/2126.717.122.5
P Negi2017-20191847.20348203/1017.47.3514.2

Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs

RCB Head to Head

OppositionMatWonLostTiedNRWin %
Chennai Super Kings247160129%
Deccan Chargers11560045%
Delhi Daredevils211361162%
Gujarat Lions5320060%
Kings XI Punjab219120043%
Kochi Tuskers Kerala22000100%
Kolkata Knight Riders239140039%
Mumbai Indians259160036%
Pune Warriors India55000100%
Rajasthan Royals198100142%
Rising Pune Supergiant3210067%
Sunrisers Hyderabad11461036%

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RCB Team 2019

The RCB team 2019 for the third season in a row failed to push the Bangalore franchise in to the playoffs. It’s not like they were even close to qualifying either, as the RCB team finished stone dead last in the group stages. Individually, the likes of Kohli and Chahal, can be some what pleased as they both were amongst the top 10 batsmen and bowlers in the tournament respectively.

But, for RCB to achieve their true potential they are going to need to click as a team and not just have individual performers. Come 2021 they will need to repeat the performances of RCB vs KKR 2018, where they won both group matches. 

The highlight for the RCB 2019 season has to be their thrilling match against CSK at their home ground the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. This match went down to the wire and not even an excellent innings from CSK’s MS Dhoni could get them overline chasing the RCB total, as CSK fell just one run short. This was their first victory in the RCB vs CSK contests since 2014.

RCB Team 2018

The RCB team 2018 needed to win their last game of the group stages to make it through to the playoffs, but RCB were defeated by Rajasthan Royals (RR), who subsequently finished above RCB. The IPL 2018 season began and RCB had a mixed bag of results in the first half of the group stages, winning just two matches in their opening 7 matches.

However, the second half of the group stages RCB had decided to wake up and won four matches out of the seven left. A string of three wins in a row had RCB fans excited as it looked like RCB were poised to make a return to the playoffs. All they had to do was win one more match, in a straight shootout against RR, but as I’ve mentioned they were unsuccessful.

RCB Owner

The RCB owner made a bid of $111.6million in 2008 for the RCB franchise making it the second most expensive of all IPL teams. So, who was this you ask, well It was Vijay Mallya of United Spirits Limited. The nature of the business which bought the Bangalore franchise, was alcohol and the owner wanted to associate the teams name with one the best-selling liquors from the company. The choice was between McDowell’s No.1 or Royal Challenge- I think you can see which one prevailed.

However, Vijay Mallya found himself in the centre of controversy in 2016 as he fled India and resigned from his positions in various companies, while leaving a debt of 9 000 crores unpaid. Luckily for RCB, they did not default and receive a ban like CSK and RR for their off-field issues. But, a change of ownership was due, and they took their time in transitioning slowly to a new owner rather than finding the next highest bidder.

Team Details
  • Indian Premier League Wins: None
  • Best Finish: 2nd (2016) ; 2nd (2011)
  • Owner: Royal Challengers Sports Private Ltd
  • Venue: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
  • Coach: Simon Katich
  • Captain: Virat Kohli
RCB Top Run Scorers 2020
  • AB de Villiers – 454 at 45.40
  • V Kohli 15 – 466 at 42.36
  • D Padikkal – 473 at 31.53
RCB Top Wicket Takers 2020
  • CH Morris – 11 best 4/26 at 19.09
  • YS Chahal – 21 3/18 best at 19.28
  • Mohammed Siraj – 11 best 3/8 at 21.45