Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are a franchise that has the most loyal fan following across the globe.
Though they have had their ups and downs, the franchise would be rooting to start afresh with a winning mindset and put up impressive shows in the first few matches in IPL 2020 to get the momentum in their favor.
A star studded batting lineup in Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Aaron Finch and Moeen Ali, along with a dynamic young batsman in Devdutt Padikkal, the team seems to have find the players who can post majestic totals on board or chase when under pressure.
In terms of bowling, they have big names in their armory – Dale Steyn and Yuzvendra Chahal, who would be leading the pace and spin attacks respectively.
They are yet to grab their maiden titular win, and if everything fits the bill, then IPL 2020 could be the year for the Bangalore-based franchise.
On that note, let us take a look at five players from RCB to watch out for in the upcoming season of the power-packed tournament –
Another exciting season awaits King Kohli, this time in the conditions of UAE. Currently, he is the leading run-getter in IPL, with 5412 runs in 169 innings, striking at 131.61, with 5 hundreds and 36 fifties.
He already holds a plethora of records to his name in the IPL books, with the most distinguished ones being the most runs in any IPL edition (973), most hundreds in a season (4), most hundreds by an Indian cricketer (5), and the only batsman to register a ton in a 15-over T20 contest.
Virat Kohli will have to lead upfront in order to stamp the winning momentum for the Men in Red.
Finch brings with himself a terrific batting form that could assist the RCB at the top-order. The Aussie opener averages over 50 in the last two years in ODIs, and has been successful in the limited matches that he has played in T20Is, striking at over 140.
He is one of the most experienced players in the shortest format who once set could clobber the rival bowlers across the fence.
The forthcoming season promises to be a great opportunity for the Karnataka batsman to establish a foothold in IPL. Padikkal, was the highest run-getter in the latest edition of both Vijay Hazare Trophy, scorin 609 runs, with 2 hundreds and 5 fifties.
The southpaw’s hunger for runs continued in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019-20, where he top-scored with 580 runs under his belt, averaged 64.44, and struck a century and 5 fifties. Truly, a player to watch out for in IPL 2020.
The leg-spinner has been on a rampage from the time he arrived at RCB. He is among the finest turners in IPL and one of RCB’s most bankable bowlers in affecting breakthroughs.
So far, Chahal has been successful in scalping 100 wickets in 83 matches at an economy under 8, averaging 23.18, with 2 four-wicket hauls to his name.
He has been a ripper in the middle-overs, potent in the art of luring the batsmen into giving up their wickets.
The wicket-keeper batsman was picked in the IPL 2020 auction for a sum of 20 lakhs, and would look to take the cricket world by storm by his match-winning knocks in the upcoming season.
He is already touted by many as one of Australia’s reliable batsmen in the shortest formats. It was his performances in BBL 2019-20 that got him the major attention. Batting at the opening slot, Philippe bashed 487 runs at an average and strike rate of 37.46 and 129.87 respectively. He struck 4 fifties, with the most notable being the 29-ball 52* in the finals versus Melbourne Stars.
Thus, there are huge expectations from Joshua Philippe who would be competing in his maiden IPL season.
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