Royal Challengers Bangalore will be hoping to do justice to their team this season as the most underachieving team of the IPL history gear up for the upcoming season.
The Bangalore Franchise retained the maximum option of three players. They held on to Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers while the third name was a surprise as it came with the name of Sarfaraz Khan.
In Virat, he is the best batsman in the shorter formats of the game and De Villiers is the most innovative player who can play shots around every corner of the ground.
RCB bought 21 players in the auction and it cost them some INR 48.85 crore. Their most expensive buy was Chris Woakes who cost them 7.4 crore. They used their RTM card for leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, while Brendon Mccullum, Quinton de Kock have been their other notable foreign recruitments.
Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Chris Woakes, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Brendon McCullum, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Quinton De Kock, Mohammed Siraj, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Colin De Grandhomme, M. Ashwin, Parthiv Patel, Moeen Ali, Mandeep Singh, Manan Vohra, Pavan Deshpande, Pawan Negi, Tim Southee, Kulwant Khejroliya, Aniruddha Ashok Joshi, Aniket Chowdhury
RCB have been in the Finals thrice but they have been on the loosing side all the times. They have reinvested in their team this season as well and this time around it looks a much more balanced side. In the past years they concentrated more on batting firepower but this time around they have looked into their bowling as well.
With the likes of Umesh Yadav, Woakes, Saini and Coulter Nile, Bangalore have a formidable pace attack. Spin department is pretty decent as well with India spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is expected to lead the line. And talking of batting, the RCB have some more conventional players but the main pillars will be Kohli and AB de Villiers.