IPL Team – Royal Challengers Bangalore
Team Name: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)
Founded in: 2008
Home City: Bangalore
Home Ground: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore (Capacity: 40, 000)
Owner: Vijay Mallya (UB Group)
Titles won: None
Official Website: royalchallengers.com
Slogan: Game for More
The Bangalore franchise was bought by the UB Group’s Vijay Mallya for US $ 111.6 during the first IPL team auctions in the year 2008. The Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise is the second costliest franchise after Mumbai Indians which was sold to Mukesh Ambani for US$ 111.9 million.
RCB in IPL
The worst possible start for RCB was in the very first match of the Indian Premier League, which was played at their home ground and their opponent Kolkata Knight Riders’ opening batsman Brendon McCullum made a mockery of RCB’s bowling attack and every RCB player looked stunned literary and never managed to come back from that shock and finished at 7th place on the table.
The change of captain or should we say captains helped to change the fortunes of RCB a little bit. First, it was Kevin Pietersen and later when he had to go for national duties it was Anil Kumble, who fought hard and took the team in the finals of the 2009 IPL but lost to Deccan Chargers who too was having a new captain in Adam Gilchrist after first poor season.
2010 was kind of a mixed season for RCB as despite having a good show in the middle of the season and reaching the semifinals the overall performance was probably not that satisfactory and RCB had to finish 3rd on the table. Although they won 4 games on the trot and they found a new Jacques Kallis and Robin Uthappa as match winners.
A decision to replace Dirk Nannes with Chris Gayle in the 2011 proved right as despite having a few hiccups at the start team could manage to reach the qualifiers and then advanced to the finals too but then they had to loss against Chennai Super Kings by 4 wickets.
One more year at the doorsteps of the playoffs for the RCB despite not having Chris Gayle at the start of the 2012 season. RCB lost an all important last game of their league stage against CSK, which too was fighting for the final slot left for the playoffs.
Last year too RCB had a poor run as they finished 5th on the league table, but RCB fans can remember the 2013 IPL for Chris Gayle when he hit the Pune Warriors bowlers all around the park and scored 175* in just 66 balls and took two wickets in the only over he bowled.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Team for IPL 7 (2014)
Virat Kohli (Captain – Retained), Chris Gayle (Captained), AB de Villiers (Retained), Yuvraj Singh, Albie Morkel, Ravi Rampaul, Muttiah Muralitharan, Parthiv Patel, Vijay Zol, Mitchell Starc, Varun Aaron, Shadab Jakati, Ali Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Ashok Dinda, Sandeep Warrier, Nic Maddinson, Tanmay Mishra, Yogesh Takawale, Sachin Rana, Yuzvendra Chahal