The Bengaluru-based, Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is a part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) from Bengaluru and plays its home match at M Chinnaswamy Stadium. The franchise is owned by United Spirits and they are one of the first eight teams that were founded in 2008. The last few seasons of IPL have been bad for the RCB, however, they would be keen to live up to the expectations as they turn out to be a very strong team on paper. Despite having some big names in the side, Bangalore finished eighth in the 2017 edition and then finished sixth in IPL 2018.
RCB has played three finals in the IPL but lost all of them (in 2009 to the Deccan Chargers, in 2011 to the Chennai Super Kings and in 2016 to Sunrisers Hyderabad). For the 12th edition, the side has retained several players like AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Nathan Coulter-Nile. The side also retained Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Marcus Stoinis.
In the IPL 2019 players' auction, RCB bought nine players. It invested in many lesser-known young faces like the uncapped Shivam, West Indian Hetmyer (Rs 4.2 crore), Akshdeep (Rs 3.6 crore) and Prayas Raj Barman (Rs 1.5 crore). In the opening match, Bangalore will be facing last year's winners Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Bengaluru on March 23. Interestingly, Bangalore holds the records of both highest and lowest totals in the IPL (263/5 and 49).
Retained: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Nathan Couter-Nile, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Marcus Stoinis
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