After dropping 10 players from the squad ahead of IPL 2021 season, Royal Challengers bought 8 players in IPL 2021 auction. Royal Challengers Bangalore went for two heavy bids in IPL auctions- Kyle Jamieson for Rs. 15 crore and Glenn Maxwell for Rs. 14.25 crore. RCB underwent massive competition during the auction to induct Glenn Maxwell into their team. Being short of wicket-keepers in the team, RCB also bought Mohammed Azharuddeen during the auction.
In IPL 2020, Royal Challengers Bangalore qualified for playoffs but lost the eliminator match to Sunrisers Hyderabad. This ended their journey in the tournament. After the addition of new players, Royal Challengers Bangalore will make another exceptional attempt to lift the title in IPL 2021- something which Virat Kohli-led team truly aspire for. Here we will look at the best-predicted XI of Royal Challengers Bangalore for the first match in IPL 2020.
Left-handed batsman Devdutt Padikkal will be the best batsmen to open the innings for RCB. Padikkal started with a half-century in his debut IPL season last year and played some good knocks in the tournament. Padikkal was the leading run-getter for RCB with 473 runs in 15 innings. This consisted of five half-centuries. Therefore considering Devdutt’s amazing stats with the bat, he must be allowed to open the innings in the first game of IPL 2021.
Even though Royal Challengers Bangalore’s performance goes low in IPL tournaments, Virat Kohli’s performance is always up to the mark. In the last edition, Kohli scored 466 runs in 15 games which consisted of 3 fifties. He has great experience as a skipper, who leads the Indian national team as well. He should play as an opener or one-down position in IPL 2021.
AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers is a crucial batsman for Royal Challengers Bangalore. With his ability to hit in all directions, AB has emerged as a dangerous batsman in the T20 format. Last year in IPL 2020, AB de Villiers scored 454 runs at a strike rate of 158+. He also hit 5 half-centuries with a highest score of 73 not out. AB de Villiers should be allowed to open or placed at the no.3 spot in IPL 2021.
Glenn Maxell was the third most-costliest buy in IPL 2021 auction after RCB used Rs. 14.25 crore to sign him into the team. Glenn Maxwell had a rough season last year but he has played some beautiful knocks in international cricket. He can turn the game with his ability to hit long shots. RCB should put him in the middle-order position so he can rise the team’s run-rate while batting.
Australia all-rounder Dan Christian will be a worthy all-rounder in Royal Challengers Bangalore. The medium-pace bowler has shown some consistent performances in Big Bash League. His inclusion will help Royal Challengers Bangalore in both the batting and bowling department.
Royal Challengers Bangalore can put Mohammed Azharuddeen behind the wickets so AB de Villiers can focus largely on his batting. Mohammed Azharuddeen plays for Kerala domestic team and will make a debut in IPL 2021.
Washington Sundar will be a great addition to the team as he has superb batting and bowling skills. He will be the leading bowler in the spin category and he can also manage to score while batting. Washinton Sundar performed greatly during India vs Australia Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21 which has boosted his confidence.
Yuzvendra Chahal is the best spin bowler Royal Challengers Bangalore has. He has the ability to provide breakthroughs to the team when there is a need for a wicket. In IPL 2020, Chahal was the leading wicket-taker for RCB with 21 wickets in 15 matches. Overall, he was on the 5th spot. So he should be part of RCB for the first game of IPL 2021.
Mohammed Siraj was not in his best form in IPL 2020. Post that, he showed spectacular bowling skills during his Test debut in Border-Gavaskar trophy 2020-21. He has emerged as a dangerous pace bowler and will be helpful for the team in IPL 2021.
Navdeep Saini had a poor season last year with 6 wickets in 12 matches. But the Indian pacer has the ability to deliver. He can be included as the third pacer in the team. His combination with Mohammed Siraj and Kyle Jamieson can destruct the opposition batsmen.
Royal Challengers Bangalore bought Kyle Jamieson for Rs. 15 crore. Royal Challengers Bangalore has bought the New Zealand pacer to strengthen their bowling department. The 24-year-old youngster will be marking his debut in IPL 2021. As he has become part of the team at such a huge price, he should be given a chance to prove his worth in the first game itself.