In the first match of IPL 2021, Royal Challengers Banglore, captained by Virat Kehli, will start their campaign on 9 April against Mumbai Indians, captained by Rohit Sharma.
Despite the presence of several top players, who have so far been deprived of the title, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) team would like to end the long wait to become champions in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) by striking the necessary balance with the addition of some new players. The team led by Virat Kohli also has a legendary batsman like AB de Villiers but the team relied excessively on both of them and in such a situation the team never managed to balance.
Now, with the addition of players like Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell and New Zealand fast bowler Kyle Jamieson, the team looks in a position to strike the necessary balance. RCB had started well in the UAE last time but eventually got upset and were eliminated in the Eliminator after losing five consecutive matches. This time the team management has focused on strengthening their batting and bowling by ‘releasing’ 10 players before the auction.
Batting is strong
RCB batting looks very strong. Run Machine Kohli has a great record in IPL. Kohli has already made it clear that he will start the innings. He will be accompanied by Devdutt Padikkal at the other end who performed brilliantly in the last season and is still in excellent form. Top-order young wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Azharuddin and New Zealand’s Fin Allen are capable of scoring fast runs while experienced players like de Villiers and Maxwell will handle the middle order. Sachin Baby, Daniel Christian and Washington Sundar strengthen their batting.
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The spin X Factor
RCB’s strong side is its spin department as well. He has to play most of his matches for Chennai and Ahmedabad spinners on helpful wickets, and Yuzvendra Chahal, who has always been successful in the IPL, will be a trump card for him. Washington Sundar can take responsibility for the last time again in the Powerplay. Maxwell is a good option in the spin department while Adam Jampa can be included in the playing XI if needed.
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This is the weakness
of the team Despite Jamieson joining the team, RCB’s fast bowler department seems weak. Navdeep Saini and Mohammed Siraj have little experience of bowling with the white ball and often score runs. Jamieson has also struggled in T20s and does not have experience of playing in India. In the fast bowling department, Harshal Patel and Australian trio Christian, Daniel Samms and Kane Richardson are the other options.
of RCB batsmen will have to bear more responsibility in such a situation. He has ‘big hitters’ like de Villiers and Maxwell. All eyes will be on Maxwell’s form. If he along with Kohli and de Villiers make their full contribution, this trio will become the biggest threat for any team.
RCB’s team is as follows: Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Siraj, Kane Richardson, Washington Sundar, Pawan Deshpande, Fin Allen, Shahbaz Ahmed, Navdeep Saini, Adam Jampa, Kyle Jamison, Glenn Maxwell, Rajat Patidar, Sachin Baby, Mohammad Azharuddin, Daniel Christian, KS Bharat, Suyesh Prabhudesai, Daniel Symes, Harshal Patel.