Royal Challengers Bangalore: Season Preview
First check out my podcast for my general views of the team as it came fresh out of the auction:
The Royal Challengers have been very similar to South Africa when it comes to playing tournaments: they cruise along gently in the beginning, before choking towards the end and failing to go for gold. They would definitely look to do better this season. They did the right thing by retaining the core of their batting lineup in Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, and made some great buys in Albie Morkel, Mitchell Starc, Yuvraj Singh, and Parthiv Patel. Their only key concern for the upcoming IPL would be that the majority of their squad (barring Kohli of course) looked slightly off-color. Yuvraj Singh, who played what could be called a “match losing” knock in the final vs Sri Lanka, will definitely be a subject of concern for RCB, particularly as they spent nearly half of their auction purse on him. However, on paper, their team looks fairly strong. The batting is self-explanatory, and the fast-bowling is well looked after in the hands of Starc and Morkel. However, their spin will be a bit of a question mark, as they have but two specialist Indian spinners, neither of whom is capped. This may go unnoticed, seeing that one of those spinners is the experienced Shadab Jakati, but it will mean that Yuvraj will have a fair bit of responsibility with the ball as well. While Muttiah Muralitharan is indeed an option, it will mean that they will have to drop either Starc or Morkel, both of whom are clutch players in the side.
Author’s Choice XI (Based on more recent times):
Parthiv Patel (wk)
Virat Kohli (c)
AB de Villiers