Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are all prepped up for the hunt of their maiden IPL title in the upcoming 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020).
Contrary to their recent performances, the franchise started extremely strong. The Challengers made playoffs for consecutive three years between 2009-2011 where they even made the finals twice. They went on to again qualify for the playoffs in 2015 and 2016. However, unfortunately, it has gone downhill for them ever since.
Today we take a closer look at one of the most mysterious yet unpredictable sides of the entire IPL, Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2020: An excellent top order
After the departure of Chris Gayle from the side, the RCB top-order has looked bleak. However, they will have the services of Australian opener Aaron Finch in this season, along with Parthiv Patel.
This opening pair will let skipper Virat Kohli bat at his preferred number three slot, while AB de Villiers could follow him.
Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2020: Experienced all-rounders
The RCB set-up already boasts an experienced all-rounder Moeen Ali.
Also, the newly-acquired Chris Morris could become the differential for them in the impeding season, owing to his credentials.
Among Indians, the all-rounders segment will be led by Shivam Dube and Washington Sundar, while the uncapped Pavan Deshpande is another useful option.
Both Dube and Sundar have represented Team India in T20 Internationals.
Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2020: Lack of Indian batsmen in the middle order
Another problem that has plagued RCB is that they have been majorly top-heavy, and their IPL 2020 squad is no different. Following AB de Villiers – who is expected to bat at No. 4 – is Moeen Ali, after which there simply aren’t tried-and-tested IPL batsmen.
Finch, De Villiers and Moeen have ensured that the batsmen who make up the rest of the middle order have to be Indian, and the best option at RCB’s disposal is Gurkeerat Singh, who has played only 12 games in the past 4 IPL seasons. However, the Punjab batsman seems to be in good nick in training, and he along with Washington Sundar and Shivam Dube will have to step up
Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2020: Death bowling woes can haunt the franchise
An issue that RCB just don’t seem to address successfully is their death bowling. The franchise attempted to shore up their fast bowling arsenal by buying Chris Morris and although he looks like a good option on paper, the numbers tell a different story.
Morris’ economy rates in the past two IPL seasons have been 9.27 and 10.21 respectively, with a total of 16 wickets to show for.
On the other hand, the issues that Mohammed Siraj and Umesh Yadav have faced towards the ends of innings is known to all, and RCB’s only hope at the death this season appears to be Navdeep Saini, who picked up 11 wickets last season at an economy rate of 8.27.
3. X-factor (Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2020)
A side which has been dependent on Virat Kohli and Ab de Villiers to deliver the goods, the addition of Aaron Finch in the batting setup definitely adds to the X-Factor in the RCB side.
RCB’s new recruit this season, Aaron Finch will join the franchise as their specialist opener. In the past few seasons, RCB has struggled with their opening combination. With Finch, Virat Kohli and co. will hope that he can lay the perfect platform for the rest of the batting order. On his day, Finch can be mighty difficult to stop. He’s in great touch and will want to deliver the goods with the bat for his newest franchise
4. Jersey & Sponsor (Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2020)
RCB’s Title Sponsor is Muthoot Fincorp while Max Life Insurance is their official Life Insurance Partner and also Apparel Partner for the upcoming edition.
The other brands associated with the franchise are–Myntra, Jio, Exide, Nuvoco, Astral Pipes and Balkrishna Industries Ltd (BKT).
IPL 2020 Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Full Schedule
|Match No||Date||Teams vs Teams||Venue||Time|
|match 3||21-Sep||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai||07:30 PM|
|match 6||24-Sep||Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai||07:30 PM|
|match 10||28-Sep||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians||Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai||07:30 PM|
|match 15||03-Oct||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals||Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi||03:30 PM|
|match 19||05-Oct||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals||Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai||07:30 PM|
|match 25||10-Oct||hennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai||07:30 PM|
|match 28||12-Oct||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah||07:30 PM|
|match 31||15-Oct||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah||07:30 PM|
|match 33||17-Oct||Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai||03:30 PM|
|match 39||21-Oct||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi||07:30 PM|
|match 44||25-Oct||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings||Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai||03:30 PM|
|match 48||28-Oct||Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi||07:30 PM|
|match 52||31-Oct||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah||07:30 PM|
|match 55||02-Nov||Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi||07:30 PM|