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Bangalore Royal Challengers

Bangalore Royal Challengers Royal Challengers Bangalore, also known as RCB, is the team that represents the "IT City of India" - Bangalore, in the Indian Premier League (IPL). It is owned by none other than the liquor magnate and the owner of Kingfisher Airlines, Vijay Mallya, through his flagship firm UB Group. Rahul Dravid, former captain of Indian nation cricket team and also an "Icon Player", leads the players of RCB in 2008, but now skipper of the team is Virat Kohli. Ray Jennings, the former South African coach, is the head coach of the team, while Venkatesh Prasad is the bowling coach.

Vijay Mallya paid US$ 111.6 million for Royal Challengers Bangalore, next only to Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries, which bid $111.9 million for Mumbai Indians in 2008. The colors of the team are red and golden yellow, while its home ground is M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. Bollywood beauties Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone, along with Sandalwood film stars Ramya and Upendra, are the brand ambassadors of the team.

In the last season i.e. 2016, Royal Challengers Bangalore won only five matches in first seven game but ended as a runner-up. His captain Virat Kohli declared player of the tournament for outstanding performance. The team has a theme song as well, which is called "Thakkath Geete". The song has been composed with the assistance of TV9.

Shane Watson's inclusion further strengthened RCB's power-packed batting order while they also addressed the all-rounder's slots with his inclusion, along with that of Binny. Richardson's presence boosts the pace department while RCB also bought a couple of spinners. Apart from Watson, they did not splurge big money on the players, which they have been famous for in the previous seasons, choosing instead to invest on a well-rounded squad. However, their approach this time bordered on being over-cautious as they ended up buying most of the bowlers only towards the fag end of the auction.

Logo
The logo of Royal Challengers Bangalore comprises of the RC emblem, with the team's name written in the standard format.

Year wise Team Performance

Year - Position
2008 - Seventh
2009 - Runner-up
2010 - Third
2011 - Runner-up
2012 - Fifth
2013 - Fifth
2014 - Seventh
2015 - Fourth
2016 - Runner-up
2017 - Eighth
2018 - Sixth

Royal Challengers Bangalore Players for 2019

Squad strength: 24 (Indian 16, overseas 8)

Players bought in the auction: 9

Total cost of squad after 2019 auction: INR 78.2 crore

Purse at the end of the auction: INR. 1.8 Crore

Indians:

  • Virat Kohli (Capt.)
  • Himmat Singh
  • Akshdeep Nath
  • Yuzvendra Chahal
  • Prayas Barman
  • Mohammed Siraj
  • Devdutt Padikkal
  • Milind Kumar
  • Shivam Dube
  • Umesh Yadav
  • Gurkeerat Singh
  • Navdeep Saini
  • Washington Sundar
  • Kulwant Khejroliya
  • Parthiv Patel (wk)
  • Pawan Negi

Overseas:

  • H Klaasen (wk, SA)
  • Colin de Grandhomme (NZ)
  • Nathan Coulter-Nile (Aus)
  • Tim Southee (NZ)
  • Shimron Hetmyer (WI)
  • AB de Villiers (SA)
  • Marcus Stoinis (Aus)
  • Moeen Ali (Eng)

Administration and Support Staffs/Coaches:

  • Owner - United Spirits Limited - England Diageo
  • Team director - Sanjeev Churiwala (India)
  • Team and cricket operations manager - Avinash Vaidya (India)
  • Head coach - Gary Kirsten (SA)
  • Bowling coach - Ashish Nehra (India)
  • Strength and conditioning coach - Basu Shanker (India)
  • Physiotherapist - Evan Speechly
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