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RCB: Even after 16 years, RCB is still waiting! | leader

New Delhi; News Agency: Since the inception of the IPL in 2008, Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have not won a single trophy in the league's 16-year history. The team reached the finals in 2009, 2011 and 2016, but the title drought remained a drought and had to settle for a runner-up finish. However, loyal RCB fans have not given up hope. After the women's IPL, he is confident that the team will now win the title in the men's category as well. (RCB)

South Africa's Faf Duplessis has been captaining RCB for the past two years. But this team is known only because of Virat Kohli. Kohli captained RCB for a long time, but he could not lead the team to a championship. This team looks very strong every season. However, it weakens as the season progresses. Will something similar happen this time or will the picture change? Cricket fans are curious about this. (RCB)

RCB is a batting powerhouse

RCB is a batting powerhouse. Because in this team there are batsmen like skipper Du Plessis, Kohli, Cameron Green, Glenn Maxwell and Dinesh Karthik. All of them have the skill to single-handedly turn the match around at any time. But despite many match winners, the team is failing on important occasions. Last year, RCB could not even enter the playoffs.

Player availability

All Bangalore players are available for the entire season. Virat Kohli missed the home Test series against England, but has joined the pre-season camp in Bangalore ahead of the first match against Chennai Super Kings.

Batting strong due to Green

Green's trade has given RCB an extra batting and bowling option in the top six. The franchise has increased its batting options by including Sourav Chauhan, Swapneel Singh and Tom Karan in the squad. The team has bowlers like Alzari Joseph and Lockie Ferguson. (RCB)

Return of the Patidars

Rajat Patidar, who missed the last season of IPL due to a heel injury, is set to make a comeback. He became the first uncapped Indian player to score a century in the playoffs in IPL 2022.

Will Joseph be dangerous?

The team has strengthened the bowling by buying Alzari Joseph, Yash Dayal and Lockie Ferguson for Rs 19 crore. Joseph can be dangerous on most pitches in the IPL with extra pace and bounce to the ball.

Expectations from Akashdeep

Akashdeep got a place in India's Test squad after his excellent performance against England Lions. Along with this, Bangalore also have Vijaykumar Vaishakh, the second highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 39 wickets in the Ranji Trophy 2023-24 season. After releasing Wanindu Hasaranga, RCB are left with no experienced legspinner. In such a situation, they will have to rely on the inexperienced Himanshu Sharma and Karn Sharma. In the absence of Harshal Patel, they will also have to find bowling options in the death overs. (RCB)

How is the schedule?

RCB's first match is against CSK. This match will be played at Chennai's home ground, Chepauk Stadium. Similarly, RCB's record on this ground is very poor. Kohli's team has not beaten Dhoni's CSK here since 2008. After this, RCB will play their next three matches in Bengaluru and after that, they will have to play the last match of the first leg of the tournament in Jaipur.

RCB squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Glenn Maxwell, Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Anuj Rawat (wicketkeeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Suyesh Prabhudesai, Will Jack, Mahipal Lomror, Karn Sharma, Manoj Bhandage, Mayank Akmash, Mayank Dagar, Vijay Kumar Vaishyak, Akash Deep, Reece Topley, Himanshu Sharma, Rajan Kumar, Cameron Green, Alzari Joseph, Yash Dayal, Tom Curran, Lockie Ferguson, Swapneel Singh, Saurav Chauhan.

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