Royal Challengers Bangalore has not won the IPL title even once. The team has traveled to the finals 3 times, in which the last final was played in 2016. However, in the last 3 consecutive seasons the team has reached the playoffs.
New Delhi: What could not happen in the last 15 seasons, will it be possible in the 16th season? With this question and hope Royal Challengers Bangalore The (RCB) team and its fans will start their campaign in IPL 2023, which like every previous season, once again seems to be full of ups and downs. RCB, who reached the playoffs last season under the captaincy of Faf Duplesey, will hope to reach at least the finals this time. The team already had some good players, while some players were bought in the previous auction. But has the team become stronger or have the weaknesses increased.
RCB has traveled to the IPL finals only 3 times so far – 2009, 2011 and 2016. All the three times it had to face disappointment in the finals. Since then, the team has been seen to be lax on most occasions. However, RCB has made it to the playoffs for the last three consecutive seasons and finished third after coming close to the finals last season. In such a situation, RCB will hope that after failing even after coming close three times in a row, this time they can become champions by completing their work completely.
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Stability in the Playing 11
Bangalore is always reprimanded for the fact that this franchise did not keep much stability in the squad. This is visible in the last 2-3 seasons. Although there was a mega auction before the last season, in which the team had to be rebuilt, but in that also RCB had bought some players on whom it had expressed confidence earlier and also gave them a chance in this last season. Shahbaz Ahmed is the most special name in this, who impressed a lot with the ball and bat.
In this auction too, Bangalore bought some players but if we look at the squad, then its playing eleven looks exactly the same as it was in the last season. It can also be seen as the strength of RCB that it does not need to make any significant changes in its playing XI and in such a situation the confidence of the players to perform well is visible.
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Kohli-Siraj’s strength from form
The best news for RCB is that Virat Kohli is in form this time as compared to last season. He was seen struggling badly in the last season. A lot has changed in the last one year and this time the team can be sure of a massive run from him. Not only Kohli, the return of Glenn Maxwell is also good news for him, who is making a comeback after injury. Although his fitness is still not complete, but Maxwell’s presence in the team is good news for the team. A lot will depend on how Faf Duplesey and Dinesh Karthik perform.
This time also Bangalore will depend on their bowling department, which looked good in the last season. Wanindu Hasaranga, Josh Hazlewood, Shahbaz Ahmed and Maxwell can do wonders together. The best news for RCB is Mohammad Siraj, who has done exceptionally well in the shorter formats in the last one year and if he repeats his form in international cricket, RCB’s strength will increase.
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Weakness will become backup player!
However, this strength of Bangalore seems useful only when all the players of this playing XI are available and this is its problem which exposes the weaknesses. Rajat Patidar, who emerged as its young star last season, finds it difficult to play in the playing part of this season. In such a situation, he will have to show confidence by choosing someone from his pile of uncapped players.
Not only Patidar, but in bowling his veteran Australian pacer Hazlewood is also finding it difficult to play in the opening matches. Although there are bowlers like David Willey and Reece Topley to replace Hazlewood, but both these left arm pacers of England are inexperienced in this league. However, one aspect of this is that Bangalore can go with the Indian pace attack (Harshal Patel, Siraj, Siddharth Kaul), so that they can field Finn Allen in the opening and Kohli can be fielded in place of Patidar.
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Faf Duplesey (c), Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Rajat Patidar, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Mahipal Lomrod, Suyash Prabhudesai, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Michael Bracewell, Wanindu Hasaranga, Mohammed Siraj, Siddharth Kaul, Josh Hazlewood, Akash Deep , Avinash Singh, Manoj Bhandge, Anuj Rawat, Karn Sharma, David Willey, Reece Topley, Himanshu Sharma, Sonu Yadav and Rajan Kumar.
Full schedule of RCB
April 2 – RCB vs Mumbai Indians, Bengaluru (7.30pm)
April 6 – RCB vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Kolkata (7.30pm)
April 10 – RCB vs Lucknow Super Giants, Bengaluru (7.30pm)
April 15 – RCB vs Delhi Capitals, Bengaluru (3.30pm)
April 17 – RCB vs Chennai Super Kings, Bengaluru (7.30pm)
April 20 – RCB vs Punjab Kings, Mohali (3.30pm)
April 23 – RCB vs Rajasthan Royals, Bengaluru (3.30pm)
April 26 – RCB vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Bengaluru (7.30pm)
May 1 – RCB vs Lucknow Super Giants, Lucknow (7.30pm)
May 6 – RCB vs Delhi Capitals, Delhi (7.30pm)
May 9 – RCB vs Mumbai Indians, Mumbai (7.30pm)
May 14 – RCB vs Rajasthan Royals, Jaipur (3.30pm)
May 18 – RCB vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Hyderabad (7.30pm)
May 21- RCB vs Gujarat Titans, Bengaluru (7.30pm)
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