Royal Challengers Bangalore have tried their best to compile a solid squad with an aim to win their maiden IPL title. Prior to the Mega-Auction, they had retained the likes of Virat Kohli, Mohammed Siraj, and Glenn Maxwell.
They managed to reach the playoffs last year but lost to Kolkata Knight Riders in the Eliminator match. Ahead of the 15th edition of the tournament, we take a look at key batsmen, key bowlers, and key all-rounders of the team.
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Key Batsmen To Watch Out For:
Virat Kohli is no longer the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore and remains a crucial part of the team. In the absence of AB de Villiers, he will have a big responsibility on his shoulders. He isn’t in the best of form, of late and the fans are eagerly waiting for him to unleash his top gear.
Glenn Maxwell was one of the biggest reasons behind RCB’s success last year. He led from the front with the bat, scoring 513 runs in 15 matches at an average of 42.75. The fans would be wanting him to replicate similar performances this season as well.
Key All-rounders To Watch Out For:
Wanindu Hasaranga is currently one of the best spinners in world cricket. He has been a consistent performer for the team for the last couple of years. Hasaranga starred with the ball in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 and finished the season as the leading wicket-taker. RCB spent INR 10.75 crores to buy his services for the upcoming edition. He is likely to play all the matches.
Harshal Patel had a stellar season with the ball last year. Harshal Patel was the go-to bowler for Virat Kohli in the IPL 2021. He finished the season as the highest wicket-taker, picking a record 32 wickets to 15 matches. His performances helped him fetch a place in the Indian team as well.
Key Bowlers To Watch Out For:
There is no denying that Mohammed Siraj has come way ahead in his career in a matter of a couple of years. Siraj has looked a different bowler since making his Test debut in Australia. He bowls at great areas and looks a lot more threatening now. The RCB pacer is likely to have a big impact with the ball this season.
Royal Challengers Bangalore managed to buy the services of Josh Hazlewood for an amount of INR 7.75 crores at the Mega Auction. The franchise would be delighted at the signing. He will further bolster the pace bowling unit. Hazlewood did exceedingly well for CSK last year and RCB would be wanting him to deliver such performances for them in IPL 2022.
Predicted Playing XI of RCB:
1. Faf du Plessis 2) Virat Kohli 3) Mahipal Lomror 4) Glenn Maxwell 5) Dinesh Karthik (wk) 6) Anuj Rawat 7) Wanindu Hasaranga 8) Harshal Patel 9) Shahbaz Ahmed 10) Mohammed Siraj 11) Josh Hazlewood