There are currently ten teams in Indian Premier League. Let’s find out more about the Royal Contenders.
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 Name||Royal Challengers Bangalore|
|Nickname||RCB, Red Army|
|Founded in Year||2008|
|Home Ground||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium|
|Team Owners||United Spirits Ltd|
|Vice-Captain||AB de Villiers|
|Prominent Players||Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Yuzvendra Chahal, Devdutt Padikkal, Glenn Maxwell|
|Brand Ambassador(s)||NA for 2021|
|Jersey||Red and Black and Gold|
|Theme Song||RCB Anthem|
|Major Rivals||Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders|
|Logo||A golden roaring lion wearing a head crown and Royal Challengers Bangalore written at the bottom of the logo
Royal Challengers Bangalore History
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.
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.
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.
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.
The team started well with a perfect duo of AB de Villiers and Muttiah Muralitharan.
The team finished 5th in the table.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Royal Challengers finished 6th at the point table.
Another disappointing year, when RCB finished last in the points table.
The RCB squad lost the eliminator round against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Glenn Maxwell is the new addition to the team and is proving to be the right decision.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Players List 2021
|Virat Kohli||Batsman||2018||Right Handed|
|AB de Villiers||Wicketkeeper||2018||Right Handed|
|Yuzvendra Chahal||Bowler||2018||Right Arm|
|Devdutt Padikkal||Batsman||2019||Left Handed|
|Sachin Baby||Batsman||2021||Left Handed|
|Pavan Deshpande||Batsman||2020||Left Handed|
|Kyle Jamieson||Bowler||2021||Right Arm|
|Harshal Patel||Bowler||2021||Right Arm|
|George Garton||Bowler||2021||Left Arm|
|Akash Deep||Bowler||2021||Right Arm|
|Tim David||Batsman||2021||Right Handed|
|Rajat Patidar||Batsman||2021||Right Handed|
|Srikar Bharat||Wicket Keeper||2021||Right Handed|
|Mohammed Siraj||Bowler||2018||Right Arm|
|Navdeep Saini||Bowler||2018||Right Arm|
|Shahbaz Ahmed||All-Rounder||2020||Left Handed|
|Daniel Christian||All-Rounder||2021||Right Handed|
|Suyash Prabhudessai||Batsman||2021||Right Handed|
|Glenn Maxwell||Batsman||2021||Right Handed|
|Wanindu Hasaranga||All-Rounder||2021||Right Handed|
|Dushmantha Chameera||Bowler||2021||Right Arm|
|Mohammad Azharudden||Wicketkeeper||2021||Right 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
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 Team Performance
|Year||Captain||Result||Top Batsman||Runs||Top Bowler||Wickets||Win %|
|2020||Virat Kohli||4h||Devdutt Padikkal||473||Yuzvendra Chahal||21||46.67|
|2019||Virat Kohli||8th||Virat Kohli||464||Yuzvendra Chahal||18||35.71|
|2018||Virat Kohli||6th||Virat Kohli||530||Umesh Yadav||20||42.85|
|2017||Virat Kohli/Shane Watson||8th||Virat Kohli||308||Pawan Negi||16||21.42|
|2016||Virat Kohli||2nd||Virat Kohli||973||Yuzvendra Chahal||21||56.25|
|2015||Virat Kohli||3rd||AB de Villiers||513||Yuzvendra Chahal||23||50.00|
|2014||Virat Kohli||7th||AB de Villiers||395||Varun Aaron||16||35.71|
|2013||Virat Kohli||5th||Chris Gayle||708||Vinay Kumar||23||56.25|
|2012||Daniel Vettori/ Virat Kohli||5th||Chris Gayle||733||Vinay Kumar||19||50.00|
|2011||Daniel Vettori/ Virat Kohli||2nd||Chris Gayle||608||Sreenath Arvind||21||62.50|
|2010||Anil Kumble||3rd||Jacques Kallis||572||Anil Kumble||17||50.00|
|2009||Kevin Pietersen/Anil Kumble||2nd||Jacques Kallis||361||Anil Kumble||21||56.25|
|2008||Rahul David||7th||Rahul Dravid||371||Zaheer Khan||13||28.57|
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 RCB FAQs
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.
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.
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.