Where they finished in 2020:
Fourth on the points table and they lost the eliminator to Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore made it to the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
They had a good season, won some tough matches, and looked among the league’s better teams.
A touch of inconsistency, however, put their season in trouble, and they finished fourth.
The Royal Challengers’ batting line-up has always been dependent on Ab De Villiers and Virat Kohli.
The same was the case in IPL 2020, despite the presence of Aaron Finch.
While the two batsmen were crucial contributors, the Royal Challengers Bangalore found another star who may be on the side for a long time.
Devdutt Padikkal finished as one of the better batsmen in the league and won the emerging player award while he shared the burden of scoring runs with Ab De Villiers and Virat Kohli.
After releasing Aaron Finch, the Royal Challengers Bangalore have purchased Glenn Maxwell in the hope of reducing the burden on their two lead batsmen.
Glenn Maxwell has shown his ability on various occasions and looked in good form for Australia, but his impact in IPL is yet to be seen.
He had two good seasons in 2014 and 2017 but was silent in the other season.
They also bought Finn Allen, who can play unorthodox shots and can be helpful down the order.
The next big buy was of veteran Daniel Christian’s.
Dan Christian has won almost every domestic trophy to win and maybe hoping to add the IPL trophy to his cabinet.
Coming to the batting line-up, Virat Kohli has stated that he will be opening this season.
Virat Kohli may look to keep the scoreboard ticking throughout the innings, with the Royal Challengers Bangalore being the slowest team in the middle-overs during IPL 2020.
One change for the Royal Challengers Bangalore from the previous seasons was their bowling.
The bowlers looked better in IPL 2020, and Chris Morris, in particular, helped widen the attack.
Despite Chris Morris’s utility, the Royal Challengers Bangalore decided to let him go and are now looking for another bowler to take his spot.
In place of Chris Morris, the Royal Challengers Bangalore have bought Kyle Jamieson and Daniel Sams.
Kyle Jamieson, in particular, has gotten off to a good start in his career, and his height provides a unique advantage.
Along with the overseas pacers, Royal Challengers may place a little more responsibility in Navdeep Saini and Mohammad Siraj.
Both pacers have had a lovely time with the Indian team, and Siraj, in particular, has grown vastly over the last few months.
With the two doing well in recent months, the Royal Challengers Bangalore may have a confident pace outfit.
However, the spin attack may be a concern, with Yuzvendra Chahal struggling a bit in his last few games.
He has been a critical player for Bangalore, and his leg spin is crucial to their success.
He will have the control of Washington Sundar supporting him, and the two will how to bounce back after some challenging limited-overs games.
Young player to Watch out for:
After spending a lot of time on India A tours and getting trolled for his performance in the IPL, Mohammad Siraj has finally stood out with some beautiful arrangements.
He went to Australia for his first Test tour and came back as the leader of the attack.
Last season he had some beautiful spells as well, and with all that’s been going on, he may assume the role of attack leader with the Royal Challengers Bangalore as well.
Mohammad Siraj is now into his fourth season with Bangalore, and his first after coming to Test Cricket.
It will undoubtedly be fascinating to see what the young pacer can bring after a confidence-building season.
- Virat Kohli
- Devdutt Padikkal
- Mohammad Azharudeen/Rajat Patidar
- Ab De Villiers
- Glenn Maxwell
- Dan Christian
- Washington Sundar
- Kyle Jamieson
- Navdeep Saini
- Mohammad Siraj
- Yuzvendra Chahal