Royal Challengers Bangalore, who have lost IPL finals three times, will arrive in IPL 2021 with yet another effort to lift the crown. Last year, Royal Challengers finished at the 4th position on the points table. Their IPL 2020 journey ended when they lost the Eliminator match to Sunrisers Hyderabad. Along with Virat Kohli, Royal Challengers Bangalore have some big names in their team, however, their luck has not shown its blessings on the team.
Ahead of IPL 2021 auction, Royal Challengers Bangalore released 10 players out of their squad. Chris Morris, Shivam Dube, Aaron Finch, Umesh Yadav, Dale Steyn, Moeen Ali, Parthiv Patel, Pawan Negi, Isuru Udana and Gurkeerat Mann were the players who had to bid goodbye to the team. Later during the mini-auction, the franchisee bought 8 new players in the team.
RCB’s costliest deals were Kyle Jamieson and Glenn Maxwell, who bagged contracts of Rs. 15 crore and Rs. 14.25 crore respectively. Dan Christian was bought at Rs. 4.8 crore. Other RCB’s buys in IPL 2021 include Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharudeen, Suyash Prabhudesai, and K Srikar Bharat. All these players were bought at their base price of Rs. 20 lakh.
With the arrival of these new players, Royal Challengers Bangalore have 22 players in their squad. Out of them, there are some crucial players who are the core of the batting and bowling departments. These players are highly expected to be part of Royal Challengers Bangalore in every match during IPL 2021. Here we talk about 5 players from Royal Challengers Bangalore who will play every match in IPL 2021.
IPL 2021: 5 Players From Royal Challengers Bangalore Who Will Play Every Match
Virat Kohli has been part of Royal Challengers Bangalore since the debut season of 2008. Although Royal Challengers Bangalore have never won an IPL trophy, Virat Kohli is the leading run-scorer in the tournament with 5878 runs. This proves the hard work that Virat Kohli has put into the team over the years. Last season, the RCB skipper Virat Kohli was the 2nd most run-scorer for his team and 9th most overall.
He played all the 15 games and piled up 466 runs, which also included three-half centuries. Royal Challengers Bangalore do not have a better skipper than Virat Kohli in the squad and the latter will once again lead the team in IPL 2021. Hence, he will be part of every match that Royal Challengers Bangalore play in IPL 2021.
AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers is a crucial overseas gemstone for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Along with Virat Kohli, the franchisee has retained the South African batsman in their squad over the years. Due to his astonishing batting strength, AB is one permanent overseas player in the paying 11. Last season, he was part of all the 15 matches that Royal Challengers Bangalore played.
In 14 innings, he smashed 454 runs with 5 half-centuries in IPL 2020. AB also had a spectacular strike rate of 158+. His high strike rate is his X factor for the team. Apart from injuries, there is no reason for AB de Villiers’ absence from the playing 11 in IPL 2021. The right-handed batsman will be seen on the field in RCB’s every match in IPL 2021.
Devdutt Padikkal showcased his batting brilliance with his first IPL match itself when he smashed a half-century in the game. In IPL 2020, the left-handed batsman was the leading run-getter for Royal Challengers Bangalore with 473 runs in 15 innings. He also smashed 5 fifties during the tournament. After the departure of Chris Gayle from the team, Devdutt Padikkal has proved himself as a promising opener. Due to his excellence in batting, he played every match last season and he will again represent RCB in every match of IPL 2021.
Engaging in a nail-biting bidding war, Royal Challengers Bangalore bought Glenn Maxwell in IPL 2021 auction for Rs. 14.25 crore. The franchisee were dedicated to grab the Aussie cricketer during the auction, which reveals that they know his worth. RCB comprises a strong top order and middle-order in batting, but they need someone to handle the lower-middle order. Glenn Maxwell will be the perfect batsman at that position. The Australian batsman has the ability to win a match single-handedly. Hence, the team will also keep him in the playing 11 every time so that he can perform his role efficiently in every game.
Royal Challengers bought New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson for Rs. 15 crore during IPL 2021 auction. RCB have always suffered due to a weak bowling department and the franchisee aims to fill the gaps with Kyle Jamieson. The Kiwi all-rounder will debut in the tournament during IPL 2021. RCB already released South African pacers Chris Morris and Dale Steyn from their squad so they need a mighty pacer to lead the bowling attack. RCB will provide full opportunities to Jamieson to show his skills and hence, he will be one player who is highly expected to be part of every RCB’s match in IPL 2021.