RCB TATA IPL T20 Team, records, matches, rivals, tickets, merchandise
Today, we talk about the #playbold Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Squad. With King Kohli’s ultimate current form with his bat, the team’s hunger to clinch the championship looks promising.
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About Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB):
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is another popular franchise which has diehard fan following not only from the state of Karnataka but across India. RCB started its journey in IPL in 2008 however it has not won a championship title for the past 15 years. The franchise was founded by United Spirits and named after the brand Royal Challenge.
According to reports, the net worth of the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise is USD 98 million, which equals to almost INR 676 crore.
Victory Lap by RCB:
Though the franchise could not win a title in the IPL, they finished runner ups in the year 2009 and 2016.
It also holds the record of scoring more runs in the IPL with 263/5 against Pune Warriors, also the record holder for the lowest total in the tournament history by scoring only 49 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Eden Gardens in the year 2017.
Team History of Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Rahul Dravid was the team’s icon in the year 2008, he was picked ahead of auction. The franchise had a very good auction in the first season and managed to acquire many number of Indian and international players namely Jacques Kallis, Anil Kumble. Zaheer Khan, Mark Boucher, Dale Steyn and Cameron White.
They also signed up Virat Kohli who was captaining the under-19 world cup team and came out as Winner of the Under-19 World Cup.
Ross Taylor, a blaster from New Zealander was also ropped in through auction. Though RCB had a very good team during the inaugural season they won only 4 of the 14 matches, finishing 7th in the league table (7th out of 8 teams). Only Dravid managed to score more than 300 runs in the tournament and they had to keep Kallis out for some of the matches due to poor form in that season.
Due to the string of failures in the season, the CEO of the franchise Sharu Sharma was replaced by Brijesh Patel.
In 2010, Anil Kumble was given the responsibility of Captaining the Royal Challengers Bangalore and finished the regular season with 7 wins from 14 matches and 14 points. The franchise was qualified for the semifinal as their net run rate was superior to those of the Delhi Daredevils and the Kolkata Knight Riders. In the semifinal, the Royal Challengers Bangalore were defeated by the strong Mumbai Indians by 35 runs.
With a thumping win over defending champions Deccan Chargers in the third-place playoff, the Royal Challengers Bangalore qualified for the 2010 Champions League T20. Anil Kumble retired at the end of the Champions League, having led the team to the semifinals of both the IPL and the CLT20 that year.
2023 TATA IPL T20 RCB’s Game plan:
In the recently concluded 2022 season, RCB had undergone some major changes in the team at the backdrop of the star batter AB de Villiers announcing his retirement in November 2021 and RCB announced a new captain, Faf du Plessis, after former captain Virat Kohli announced his retirement from captaincy following the second leg of 2021 IPL season. They also appointed Sanjay Bangar as the new head coach. The franchise finished 3rd out of 10 teams in the tournament through playoffs.
Ahead of the 2023 season RCB bought Reece Topley, Will Jacks, Rajan Kumar, Avinash Singh, Sonu Yadav, Himanshu Sharma, Manoj Bhadange in the auction. Once again, Virat Kohli’s recent form and century from the last test against Australia has raised lot of expectations from the fans.
Captain King Kohli:
Virat Kohli was named the captain of RCB team in 2013 and led the team for 8 years and stepped down as a captain at the conclusion of IPL 2021.
During his captaincy he led RCB to the playoffs four times.
Virat Kohli holds the record for most runs (973) in an IPL season in 2016.
RCB’s famous rivals are Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sun Risers Hyderabad.
The rivalry with Chennai Super Kings is a neighborly feud, the CSK team beat the Royal Challengers in the final of the 2011 IPL, the only meeting between the two teams at an IPL final.
The rivalry between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore is one of the oldest in the IPL. The inaugural match of IPL was played between both the teams in which KKR won by 140 runs due to a 158* off just 73 balls by Brendon McCullum, an unprecedented knock by a batsman of this caliber.
Another notable rivalry is with the Sun Risers Hyderabad (SRH) franchises, first with Deccan Chargers and now with Sun Risers Hyderabad. The clashes between Bangalore and Hyderabad have been intense with the latter ultimately dominating the former. Deccan Chargers had won 6 out of the 11 clashes between the two and Sun Risers currently lead by 12 games to the 9 games that were won by RCB.
RCB fan’s can fancy themselves with a variety of RCB featured T-shirts, Trousers, Caps, etc.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have formed a fan-following group named as Bold Army #PlayBold as the social media tag line.
The tickets for the Royal Challengers Bangalore matches can be bought at the stadium and online at their website.
IPL T20 2023 RCB’s First match:
Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on Mumbai Indians in their debut match for this IPL 2023 at their home ground at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru at 7.30pm IST on Apr 2nd, 2023.
Know more about Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)
Official website: https://www.royalchallengers.com/
In Summary, RCB’s campaign this year will be more intense and this could come from the captain Faf Du Plessis leading from the front. The energy Kohli brings into the team is enormous and always loves his sport whole heartedly. The RCB’s home ground is M.Chinnaswamy stadium, Bangalore and the stadium organizers provides the home team fans with cheer kits, RCB flags and noisemakers.
Courtesy: Scorecards ESPN – Cricinfo.com
Wishing Royal Challengers Bangalore a great tournament in this 2023 TATA IPL T20!!!
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