Virat Kohli has never won the Indian Premier League (Picture: Getty)Given the wealth of talent and experience at Royal Challengers Bangalore, it is amazing the franchise are still searching for their first Indian Premier League title.
But despite boasting the likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle over the past decade, RCB are yet to lift the IPL trophy. Will that change this year, with IPL 2020 set to start this week in Dubai?
If recent form is anything to go by, the answer will surely be no. Royal Challengers Bangalore have finished bottom in two of the last three Indian Premier Leagues. They endured a shocking start to the 2019 edition, with a late run of wins unable to see them into the play-offs.
With the likes of Kohli, De Villiers, Aaron Finch and Moeen Ali, they will always be competitive, but can they defy history and secure a maiden IPL title?
Squad Coach: Simon Katich
Captain: Virat Kohli
Retained: Virat Kohli, Moeen Ali, Yuzvendra Chahal, Parthiv Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Pawan Negi, Devdutt Padikkal, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Navdeep Saini, AB de Villiers.
Signed: Aaron Finch, Chris Morris, Shahbaz Ahmed, Pawan Deshpande, Joshua Philippe, Isuru Udana, Dale Steyn, Kane Richardson.
IPL titles: 0
Our kind of suit up. ð ðð»How excited are you to see @Tipo_Morris in action? ð¤©#PlayBold #IPL2020 #WeAreChallengers pic.twitter.com/6ix2EBRjrc— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 10, 2020
Predictions Leading run-scorer: Virat Kohli
You can’t look past India’s captain, who is the best player of his generation and arguably the greatest white-ball player in history. Was not at his best during IPL 2019 but still scored 464 runs, which was the most from a Royal Challengers Bangalore player. Remains the all-time leading run-scorer in IPL history, although his compatriot Suresh Raina is breathing down his neck.
Leading wicket-taker: Kane Richardson
Bangalore’s problem in the IPL has been bowling, and in particular death bowling, so the signing of Kane Richardson could be a key piece of business. The Australian has thrived in that specific role in both domestic and international cricket and impressed against England earlier in the month.
Kohli has talked up Royal Challengers Bangalore’s chances of winning IPL 2020, and his optimism could be well-placed. The India skipper is right when he says the squad looks more balanced than it has in years gone by, with Finch, Richardson, Dale Steyn and Chris Morris positive acquisitions. But it would be some achievement for RCB to jump from eighth to first so they may have to settle for a place in the play-offs, ahead of a bigger push in 2021.
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