IPL Team Preview: RCB


Team Name:- Royal Challengers Banglore
Captain:- Virat Kohli

RCB finished at 5th position in the 6th season of IPL. They managed to win 9 of their group league games,losing 7 out of their 16 games. They will face the well-settled Delhi Daredevils in their opening game on 17th April,2014. With the teams undergoing almost a complete makeover this time around, it remains to be seen how the new teams fare as a unit.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Squad for IPL 7

RCB entered the IPL 7 auction having retained 3 of their star players- Virat Kohli,Chris Gayle and AB De Villiers. Recruiting Australian fast bowler Starc will further increase their prospects for a title this year with a star studded batting line-up which any team  would love to have.

Squad strength: 21

Costliest player:Yuvraj Singh (Rs 14 cr)

Amount spent: Rs 60 crores (all funds used up)

Overseas players: 8

Batsmen: 6; Bowlers: 11; All-rounders: 3; Wicketkeepers: 1

Ab DE Villiars Wicket Keeper Retained
C Gayle Batsman Retained
V Kohli Batsman Retained
Player Type Price Paid
Yuvraj Singh All-Rounder ₹14,00,00,000
Mitchell Starc Bowler ₹5,00,00,000
Albie Morkel All-Rounder ₹2,40,00,000
Varun Aaron Bowler ₹2,00,00,000
Ashok Dinda Bowler ₹1,50,00,000
Parthiv Patel Wicket Keeper ₹1,40,00,000
Muttiah Muralitharan Bowler ₹1,00,00,000
Ravi Rampaul Bowler ₹90,00,000
Nic Maddinson Batsman ₹50,00,000
Harshal Patel Bowler ₹40,00,000
Vijay Zol Batsman ₹30,00,000
Abu Nechim Ahmed Bowler ₹30,00,000
Sachin Rana Bowler ₹20,00,000
Shadab Jakati Bowler ₹20,00,000
Sandeep Warrier Bowler ₹10,00,000
Tanmay Mishra Batsman ₹10,00,000
Yogesh Takawale Wicket Keeper ₹10,00,000
Yuzvendra Singh Chahal Bowler ₹10,00,000


Last year’s Strategy: RCB banked largely on world class players like Kohli, De Villiers, Gayle, Dilshan, Zaheer Khan etc. last season. Only Gayle,Kohli and Vinay Kumar played all 16 games last season. Where they lacked was young local talent. Also, despite having utility all-rounders Daniel Christian,Moises Henriques and Andrew McDonald, RCB didnt use them upto their potential.

This year’s Strategy: Having Parthiv Patel in their squad can relieve Ab De Villiers of keeping duties if he wishes to be relieved. RCB also has the young Vijay Zol,the captain of the U-19 team. He will grow under Virat Kohli who himself is an U-19 world cup winning captain. Considering they will want to play Chris Gayle and AB in all of their games then they will have only 2 more overseas players to select. RCB bought Mitchell Starc, Albie Morkel, Ravi Rampaul,Muralitharan and Nic Maddinson and on any given day they can’t use all five of them, even if Gayle and De Villiers aren’t available. The RCB squad really doesn’t give much of an idea on how the players are going to be used through the tournament. However, it leaves the fans on their feet, with some major international cricketing names in their squad.

Possible Best Playing 11: 

1. Chris gayle (OVERSEAS)

2. Parthiv Patel (wicketkeeper)

3. Virat Kohli (C)

4. AB de Villiers(OVERSEAS)

5. Yuvraj Singh

6. Vijay Zol

7. Starc OVERSEAS)

8. Harshal Patel

9. Muttaiah Muralitharan(OVERSEAS)

10. Ashok Dinda

11. Varun Aaron




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