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Three-times runners-up of the IPL and five-time qualifiers for the playoffs, Royal Challengers Bangalore, are still struggling to hold up their first Indian Premier League Champions trophy.

But, one cannot overlook the achievements of RCB that make them stand apart even without a trophy. 

Under RCB’s name, there’s a long list of records from Captain Virat Kohli’s individual record of 973 runs in a single season to the team’s history of the highest number of centuries and many more. 

This year the team is trying their best not to disappoint their fans.

Royal Challengers Bangalore – Team Profile

Full NameRoyal Challengers Bangalore
NicknameRCB, Red Army
Founded in Year2008
Home GroundM. Chinnaswamy Stadium
Team OwnersUnited Spirits Ltd
CaptainVirat Kohli
Vice-CaptainAB de Villiers
CoachMike Hesson
Prominent PlayersVirat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Yuzvendra Chahal, Devdutt Padikkal, Glenn Maxwell
Brand Ambassador(s)NA for 2021
JerseyRed and Black and Gold
Theme SongRCB Anthem
Major RivalsChennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders
LogoA golden roaring lion wearing a head crown and Royal Challengers Bangalore written at the bottom of the logo

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Royal Challengers Bangalore Poster

Royal Challengers Bangalore History

2008:

Rahul Dravid was named as the icon player of RCB.
India under 19 captain Virat Kohli joined the RCB squad.
The team finished 7th in the table, having won only 4 out of the 14 matches.

2009:

The team bought Kavin Pietersen for a significant amount.
RCB won only 2 out of the first 6 games.
The team lost the final against Deccan Chargers by six runs.

2010:

RCB squad won 4 out of the 14 matches and had 14 points at the end of the regular season.
The team qualified for the semifinal as their net run rate was superior to those of the Delhi Daredevils and the team of KKR but lost the game against MI team.
The challengers also made it to the semifinals of CLT-20.

2011:

Ahead of the auction, RCB retained Virat Kohli only and released all other players.
Adding Chris Gayle to the team proved great as he made a century for the team.
RCB squad once again made it to the finals but lost against Chennai Super Kings.

2012:

The team started well with a perfect duo of AB de Villiers and Muttiah Muralitharan.
The team finished 5th in the table.

2013:

The team started well, winning their first six matches.
However, the team started losing their games away from home and finished 5th in the table.

2014:

Virat Kohli became captain of the RCB.
It was a bad season for the RCB.
The team didn’t even qualify for the playoffs and finished 7th in the table.

2015:

The Challengers started with a home-away win.
Chris Gayle, as usual, performed well for the team.
The team lost qualifier 2 round against CSK teams and ended 3rd in the table.

2016:

RCB changed its logo, and their chairman
As usual, the team won their first match, and then a streak of lost games followed.
The team finished 2nd in the table.

2017:

For RCB, the season started with injuries to their big-name players.
The team made a record of lowest runs which is 49 and is beaten by no team to date.
RCB squad finished 8th in the table.

2018:

Royal Challengers finished 6th at the point table.

2019:

Another disappointing year, when RCB finished last in the points table.

2020:

The RCB squad lost the eliminator round against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

2021:

Glenn Maxwell is the new addition to the team and is proving to be the right decision.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Players List 2021

RCB Team
PLAYERROLESIGNED YEARSTYLE
Virat KohliBatsman2018Right Handed
AB de VilliersWicketkeeper2018Right Handed
Yuzvendra ChahalBowler2018Right Arm
Devdutt PadikkalBatsman2019Left Handed
Sachin BabyBatsman2021Left Handed
Pavan DeshpandeBatsman2020Left Handed
Kyle JamiesonBowler2021Right Arm
Harshal PatelBowler2021Right Arm
George GartonBowler2021Left Arm
Akash DeepBowler2021Right Arm
Tim DavidBatsman2021Right Handed
Rajat PatidarBatsman2021Right Handed
Srikar BharatWicket Keeper2021Right Handed
Mohammed SirajBowler2018Right Arm
Navdeep SainiBowler2018Right Arm
Shahbaz AhmedAll-Rounder2020Left Handed
Daniel ChristianAll-Rounder2021Right Handed
Suyash PrabhudessaiBatsman2021Right Handed
Glenn MaxwellBatsman2021Right Handed
Wanindu HasarangaAll-Rounder2021Right Handed
Dushmantha ChameeraBowler2021Right Arm
Mohammad AzharuddenWicketkeeper2021Right Handed

Administration and Support Staff

Head Coach: Mike Hesson

Bowling Coach: Adam Griffith

Batting Coach: Sridharan Sriram

Batting Consultant: Sanjay Bangar

Fielding Coach: NA

Physiotherapist: Evan Speechly

Strength and Conditioning coach: Basu Shanker

Assistant Trainer: Shubham Raheja

Team Doctor: Dr. Charles Minz

Analyst: Sandeep Raju

Royal Challengers Bangalore Sponsors

DP World, Reliance Jio, Exide are the principal partners of the RCB team in IPL 2021. While Muthoot Fincorp remained the title sponsor of the team.

Other associate partners include:

Mobile Premier League
Max Life
BOAT
Puma
PhonePe
Nippon Paint

Official Partners:

Kingfisher
Myntra
Milo
BKT
EUME
DNA Networks
IB Cricket
Jain-Deemed-To-Be-University
Socios.com
Herbalife Nutrition
KOTAK
Sosyo Drink

Royal Challengers Bangalore Fan Base

This Virat-led franchise, though struggling to mark their name in the list of IPL winners, the team never fails to win the hearts of their fans. The star-studded RCB squad could be one of the reasons why the team is showered with love even year-after-years of disappointment.

The team also holds records of the highest team total and the lowest team total both. But then again, RCB is the team with the highest number of centuries in the IPL history.

Royal Challengers Bangalore and each individual player has many achievements and titles under their belt. It’s kind of a fancy team with a list of brand ambassadors that starts with Katrina Kaif. The team has over 5.6 million followers on Instagram, 4.2 on Twitter and is the fourth-highly followed team in Indian Premier League. They have the support of over 2 million subscribers on YouTube.

RCB Fans

RCB Team Performance

YearCaptainResultTop BatsmanRunsTop BowlerWicketsWin %
2020Virat Kohli4hDevdutt Padikkal473Yuzvendra Chahal2146.67
2019Virat Kohli8thVirat Kohli464Yuzvendra Chahal1835.71
2018Virat Kohli6thVirat Kohli530Umesh Yadav2042.85
2017Virat Kohli/Shane Watson8thVirat Kohli308Pawan Negi1621.42
2016Virat Kohli2ndVirat Kohli973Yuzvendra Chahal2156.25
2015Virat Kohli3rdAB de Villiers513Yuzvendra Chahal2350.00
2014Virat Kohli7thAB de Villiers395Varun Aaron1635.71
2013Virat Kohli5thChris Gayle708Vinay Kumar2356.25
2012Daniel Vettori/ Virat Kohli5thChris Gayle733Vinay Kumar1950.00
2011Daniel Vettori/ Virat Kohli2ndChris Gayle608Sreenath Arvind2162.50
2010Anil Kumble3rdJacques Kallis572Anil Kumble1750.00
2009Kevin Pietersen/Anil Kumble2ndJacques Kallis361Anil Kumble2156.25
2008Rahul David7thRahul Dravid371Zaheer Khan1328.57

Royal Challengers Best Players

The highest IPL individual score was received by the players: AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal.

1. Virat Kohli

The skipper of RCB for years, Virat Kohli, without a doubt, is the top player of India and one of the best players in the world. RCB pays 17 crores to Virat Kohli for being in the team, and that is the highest salary yet paid to any player in the IPL history.

It is not wrong to say that most RCB fandom is because of Virat Kohli, and one cannot imagine RCB without him. He holds the record of individual 973 runs in a single season.

2. AB de Villiers

Vice-Captain of the team, AB de Villiers, is one of the hardest-working players. He’s one of those batsmen who could take any bowler while playing at the front foot. This year the fans have high hopes for him.

3. Yuzvendra Chahal

Yuzvendra Chahal is the former chess player of India, and he is the best leg spinner on the RCB squad. Chahal stands 3rd in our list of best players as he’s the highest wicket-taker of the team.

4. Devdutt Padikkal

A retained player of the RCB squad, Devdutt played 101 off 52 balls without even breaking a sweat in the IPL 2020. Though he was down at the beginning of IPL 2021 with Covid-19. Now he is back again to support the team with his jaw-dropping bating.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Player

Royal Challengers Bangalore RCB FAQs

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    How many times has RCB won IPL?

    RCB has never won the IPL title even once. Despite the presence of notable players in the team, the RCB squad’s poor performance has earned them the tag of “underachievers.

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    How many times has RCB qualified for playoffs?

    Royal Challengers Bangalore has been playing in the IPL since 2008 but has never won the title even once. The squad made it to the playoffs five times only.

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    Who is the owner of Royal Challengers Bangalore?

    Vijay Mallya from United Spirits Ltd. is the owner of the RCB team, who bought the team for $111.6 million at the team auction in 2008.