IPL 2019 Royal Challengers Bangalore team: Kohli led Team eye first IPL title

Here is a detailed account of IPL 2019 Royal Challengers Bangalore team

Going into the IPL 2019 auction, the Royal Challengers Bangalore decided to ditch their overseas names, releasing a total of 4, in a shift of game plan that seems them repose faith in young Indian upcoming talent from the grassroots levels. In a major shift from their traditional tactic, the Virat Kohli led side decided to ditch the likes of Brendon McCullum, Sarfraz Khan, Chris Woakes and Corey Anderson while wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock was sold to Mumbai Indians to free up a massive Rs 63.85 crore in order to induct a total of 10 players in their side.

IPL 2019 Royal Challengers Bangalore team

Making full use of the trade in the window, the RCB pulled off one of the best transfers, getting in Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis for Mandeep Singh. Having played a good role in his side’s recent success against India in the recently culminated series, Stoinis who is well acclimated with the Indian conditions will become a regular for RCB, becoming a useful addition with both the bat and ball. However, not going full throttle to add another specialist pacer could prove to be calamitous for them yet again.

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The RCB team management’s approach was a simple one for the window and they spared no expenses to ensure it swung their way. A stupendous bidding battle between them and KXIP ensued with the RCB coming out trumps after determinedly shelling out a whopping Rs 4.2 crores to add Hetmyer to their batting line-up.

Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Devdutt Padikkal, Himmat Singh, Milind Kumar, Prayas Ray Barman and Akshdeep Nath for Rs 3.6 crore made for an expansive list of players picked up from the Indian domestic circuit as the side shelled out colossal amounts, getting in 9 players at the auctions to take their squad composition to 24 players, out of which 8 are composed of international T20 specialists, leaving only Rs 1.8 crore unspent at the end of the window.

Strength

IPL 2019 Royal Challengers Bangalore team

RCB’s skill set for IPL 2019 is composed heavily of an exquisite batting line-up which sees two of the biggest names in the cricketing fraternity in Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers shoulder the brunt of the responsibility on themselves. Exceptionally loaded with an outstanding skill set in their repertoire, the duo has the undoubted ability to decimate any bowling line-up with their maverick batting skills.

Weakness

While the RCB batting line-up is extremely tantalizing and one of the strongest from a T20 perspective, the spin department remains to be an underwhelming one, something they could face the ramifications of in the 12th edition of the tournament. Chahal and Ali are bowlers known to go for massive runs, languishing under pressure and not going for a wicket-taking spinner could see RCB flounder at crucial periods on sluggish, slow and dry Indian pitches.

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One thing is certain though, the way RCB went about in the auction shows they’re hungry to finally taste success and this promises to be a season in which they’ll spare no expenses in finally adding their name to the coveted trophy. We expect them to challenge for the title right till the end and a semi-final spot looks very much likely for them in IPL 2019.We would love to hear what you think about the RCB team’s compositions and their chances in this season. Comment and interact with us and the best replies will be featured on our Twitter feed.

IPL 2019 Royal Challengers Bangalore team

IPL 2019 Royal Challengers Bangalore team 

Batsman All-rounders Spinners Pacers
AB de Villiers Moeen Ali Yuzvendra Chahal Tim Southee
Virat Kohli Pawan Negi Umesh Yadav
Parthiv Patel (wk) Marcus Stoinis Kulwant Khejroliya
Heinrich Klaasen (wk)* Washington Sundar Navdeep Saini
Devdutt Padikkal* Colin de Grandhomme
Shimron Hetmyer* Akshdeep Nath*
Himmat Singh* Milind Kumar*
Shivam Dube*
Gurkeerat Singh*
Prayas Ray Barman*


Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Devdutt Padikkal, Shivam Dube, Heinrich Klaasen, Himmat Singh, Milind Kumar, Prayas Ray Barman and Akshdeep Nath

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IPL 2019 Royal Challengers Bangalore team

Retained Players: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Parthiv Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Tim Southee, Pawan Negi, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Colin de Grandhomme, Washington Sundar

Released players: Quinton de Kock, Mandeep Singh, Chris Woakes, Sarfraz Khan, Brendon McCullum, Corey Anderson

Traded: Mandeep Singh for Marcus Stoinis

Players Bought: Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Shivam Dube, Heinrich Klassen, Gurkeerat Singh, Himmat Singh, Prayas Ray Barman

List of players bought by the RCB at the IPL 2019 auction

Shimron Hetmyer – ₹4.2 crore

Gurkeerat Singh Mann – ₹50 lakh

Devdutt Padikkal – ₹20 lakh

Shivam Dube – ₹5 crore

Heinrich Klaasen – ₹50 lakh

Himmat Singh – ₹65 lakh

Milind Kumar – ₹20 lakh

Prayas Ray Barman – ₹1.5 crore

Akshdeep Nath – ₹3.6 crore

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