In the history of 13 IPL seasons, RCB was three times on the verge of winning the title. Their last best season was IPL 2016 where they ended up as runner-ups. The last three seasons had been the worst for them in which they didn’t qualify for the playoffs and ended at the bottom of the table in two seasons.
“Ee Sala Cup Namde” is the slogan of RCB which means this time, the cup is ours. The team has a huge fanbase that supports them every year no matter they win or lose. An RCB fan is a perfect example of a highly optimistic person.
This year the IPL is in UAE which will be most beneficial for RCB. Also, many unexpected things happened in 2020. So you can expect from this team of Virat Kohli a miracle in this IPL.
In 2020, the team is having a mixture of experienced and new players. It is decent as compared to the last three seasons. Again, as always, Virat and AB will be at the center of the team. The inclusion of Australian captain Aaron Finch solidifies the opening pair.
Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL Squad 2020
Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL Squad 2020 consists of 21 players- 13 Indian and 8 overseas players. The main problem with RCB is their bowling, especially in death overs.
With the inclusion of Steyn and Morris, the bowling gives little bit confidence but though the problem does not seems to be fully solved.
Overall, they got some good young talent as well as many players who are being currently playing International cricket.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Best 11 in 2020
Keeping in mind all the players are available and fit to play the 1st match, we have created the Royal Challengers Bangalore Best 11 in 2020.
Openers: Aaron Finch and Devdutt Padikkal
There is no doubt about the abilities of the Australian Captain Aaron Finch. Though his IPL records are not promising he can proved to be a great aspect for the team this year. Also, he is in good form as we saw him playing against England. And he is a good batsman against the spin which is essential on the slow pitches of UAE.
Along with Finch, we think Devdutt Padikkal is a good option. Padikkal plays for Karnataka and has also played in India U-19 team. His T20 record is good and also has a century on his name.
But it is a strong possibility that you will not see him playing initial matches. Initially, the team will look to open with experienced Parthiv Patel. Also, they have one backup option of an Australian young wicketkeeper-batsman Joshua Philippe.
Virat and AB is obviously the strength of the team. They both are good players of spin and most importantly they are good athletes. In the hot climate of the UAE, fitness is going to play a big role indeed.
After that, we have Moeen Ali at no.5. His performance was decent against Australia. He can build the innings and can also play big shots when needed. Also, on the pitches of UAE, he can bowl four overs for you.
As a backup, RCB has Gurkeerat Mann, a talented right-handed batsman who plays for Punjab. Then they have Pavan Deshpande, a left-hand batsman in the team. Also, they can play Dube at 5 and Moeen at 6 according to the situation.
Finishers: Shivam Dube, Chris Morris & Washington Sundar
The role of finishers is the most important in T20 cricket. MI & KKR has got the best finishers in the tournament. For RCB, the performance of Dube will be very crucial. Not only for RCB but also for his own place in the Indian T20 team.
Then Chris Morris will be at 7, Sundar at 8. So, this is not much impressive but it is a decent finishing line-up. Also, Saini at 9 is also handy with the bat. Thus, the team has a lot of depth in batting with this team.
Key Bowlers: Chahal, Saini & Sundar
All the IPL matches are going to be played on only three venues- Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah. This means as the tournament progresses the pitches will become slower. Thus, the role of spinners will become very important.
RCB has got plenty of quality spinners- Y.Chahal, Washington Sundar, Adam Zampa, Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi. Also, they have a Sri Lankan player Isuru Udana whose variations with the slower ball will be very effective on such pitches. And, hence this yearSpin Bowling Department will be their biggest strength.
In the pace attack, they have Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, and Mohammed Siraj. Again, who is a very good death bowler in the team? Only the youngster Saini and Morris but not very much promising. So this year also, death bowling will be definitely a big concern for them.
Probable changes to this XI
First of all experience matters in such big tournaments, so most probably you will see Parthiv Patel in the starting XI.
When you have a bowler like Dale Steyn in your team, you will definitely play him in the starting XI. So he might be seen in place of Chris Morris or probably Moeen Ali.
Out of the box
What if they try Washington Sundar as an opener just like what KKR did with Sunil Narine?
Because Sundar has the ability to loft the ball in power plays. He can open with Aaron Finch and who knows if this experiment works there batting will become more strong. Last year was the worst for the RCB and nothing can be worse than that.
This Royal Challengers Bangalore Best 11 in 2020 has the batting up to number 9 and has a total of 7 bowling options. And this sounds good. What changes will you suggest to this XI?