The Indian Premier League Title has seems to always elude Virat Kohli and his RCB team with the 3-time finalists now looking for redemption.
RCB had an impressive auction picking up talented players that could help the overall balance. So let’s dissect the Virat Kohli led squad shall we?
Key areas addressed ✅
Set plan in place ✅
— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) December 19, 2018
So Here’s a look at the whole RCB squad. Players with a * symbol were bought this Season.
Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Colin de Grandhomme, Shimron Hetmyer*, Devdutt Padikkal*, Shivam Dube*, Heinrich Klassen*, Gurkeerat Singh*, Himmat Singh*, Prayas Ray Barman* and Marcus Stoinis(Traded)*
Destructive batting trio- One of the most apparent strengths RCB has in their squad is the batting trio of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and the newly acquired Shimron Hetmyer. ABD and Virat Kohli are IPL household names while Hetmyer is the new kid on the block with some excellent hitting ability. If Hetmyer can click and Kohli and ABD can be their consistent selves, the RCB fans and the IPL is in for some explosive batting. To go with these three, RCB also have Henrich Klassen, Marcus Stoinis and Shivam Dubey all of whom can hit a fair long ball and can contribute with the bat.
All-rounders- One thing that a lot of Franchises seem to have been doing is picking up quality All-rounders as in a T-20 format a good All-rounder is worth his weight in Gold. Royal Challengers Bangalore have a plethora of All-rounders to choose from whether it’s foreign imports like Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali and Marcus Stoinis or Domestic talents like Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, and Shivam Dube. It will be essential for Virat Kohli to not get confused with the sheer number of options he has at his disposal and getting the balance right with the all-rounders will be key.
Too many options- It’s good to have options on the bench but in the past, we have seen with this Virat Kohli-led side that they take a minimum of five to six games in order to figure out their best XI and almost every game their have been at least a couple of changes. Getting the four foreign players right will be essential as in RCB’s case with AB de Villiers locking up a permanent spot they will have to pick 3 players their remaining 7 foreigners, all of whom can make a case to make the side. They will be looking to start their camps early and figuring out their combinations well before the tournament begins.
Tricky Middle-order – RCB’s first 4 batsmen are touted to be Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Shemron Hetmyer. After these 4 players, there are no experienced middle-order players with probably only Henrich Klassen and Moeen Ali making a case but having a third foreign batsman will really cripple their foreign bowling options. Coulter-Nile or Tim Southee will have to play while they will be looking to slot in De Grandhomme or Stoinis as well making the middle order very tricky.
Probable Playing XI: Virat Kohli, Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Henrich Klassen, Shivam Dubey, Washington Sundar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj