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Last Updated on March 3, 2023 by Tariq

Royal Challengers Bangalore, popularly abbreviated as the “RCB,” is a franchise cricket team in the Indian Premier League.

As the name suggests, the Royal Challengers Bangalore represents the state of Karnataka and the beloved city of Bangalore!

The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium is said to be the home ground for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, which can house 40000 Bangaloreans grooving for their team.

RCB has been one of the oldest teams in the IPL, contesting in the league since 2008.

The team enjoys a colossal fanbase and can be accredited as the “audience’s favorite team.”

Stay tuned to learn more about the great history of the Royal Challengers Bangalore!

History of RCB

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the establishment of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to be started in the year 2008.

The Indian Premier League started as a twenty20 competition with eight teams representing eight Indian cities, including Bangalore.

The various IPL teams were put up for auction by the BCCI on the 20th of February 2008.

The Bangalore franchise was purchased by the Indian businessman and politician Vijay Mallya for a whopping sum of $111.6 million.

The brand value of the Royal Challengers Bangalore is $68 million, making it the strongest brand in the IPL, with a brand strength index (BSI) score of 70.6 out of 100.

Royal Challengers Bangalore PlayBold Logo

(Source: Royal Challengers Official Website)

Royal Challengers Bangalore Ownership

The Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise was initially purchased by the Indian businessman and politician Vijay Mallya for a whopping $111.6 million.

In 2016, after a series of scams, Vijay Mallya resigned from the Chairman of the United Spirits post with the parent company Diageo India.

United Spirits Limited owns RCB, with its senior executive Prathmesh Mishra heading as the chairman of the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Current Squad of Royal Challengers Bangalore

Current squad of Royal Challengers Bangalore

(Source: RCB Instagram)

Royal Challengers Bangalore has been one of the most enthusiastic, vigorous, and power-packed teams of the IPL.

The team is currently captained by the former South African skipper Faf Du Plessis and is coached by the former Indian batting coach Sanjay Bangar.

The Play Bold Club of RCB consists of cricketing legends from around the world, including:

1. Faf Du Plessis

Role: Batter / Captain
Batting Style: Right-Handed
Nationality: South African

2. Virat Kohli

Role: Batter
Batting Style: Right-handed
Nationality: Indian

3. Rajat Patidar

Role: Batter
Batting Style: Right-handed
Nationality: Indian

4. Finn Allen

Role: Wicketkeeper Batter
Batting Style: Right-handed
Nationality: New Zealander

5. Anuj Rawat

Role: Wicketkeeper Batter
Batting Style: Left-Handed
Nationality: Indian

6. Dinesh Karthik

Role: Wicketkeeper Batter
Batting Style: Right-Handed
Nationality: Indian

7. Suyash S Prabhudessai

Role: Batter
Batting Style: Right-handed
Nationality: Indian

8. David Willey

Role: Bowling Allrounder
Batting Style: Left-handed
Bowling Style: Left-arm-fast- Medium
Nationality: English

9. Glenn Maxwell

Role: All-rounder
Batting Style: Right-handed
Bowling Style: Right-arm-Off-Spin
Nationality: Australian

10. Akash Deep

Role: Batter
Batting Style: Right-handed
Bowling Style: Right-arm Medium
Nationality: Indian

11. Harshal Patel

Role: Bowler
Batting Style: Right-Handed
Bowling Style: Right-arm Medium
Nationality: Indian

12. Mahipal Lomror

Role: All-Rounder
Batting Style: Left-handed
Bowling Style: Left-arm Spin
Nationality: Indian

13. Shahbaz Ahamad

Role: Bowler
Batting Style: Left-handed
Bowling Style: Slow Left-arm Orthodox
Nationality: Indian

14. Wanindu Hasaranga

Role: All-Rounder
Batting Style: Right-handed
Bowling Style: Right-arm Leg Break
Nationality: Sri Lankan

15. Josh Hazlewood

Role: Bowler
Batting Style: Left-handed
Bowling Style: Right-arm-fast-medium
Nationality: Australian

16. Karn Sharma

Role: All-Rounder
Batting Style: Left-handed
Bowling Style: Right-Arm Leg Spin
Nationality: Indian

17. Siddharth Kaul

Role: Bowler
Batting Style: Right-handed
Bowling Style: Right-arm fast-medium
Nationality: Indian

18. Mohammed Siraj

Role: Bowler
Batting Style: Right-handed
Bowling Style: Medium Seam
Nationality: Indian

19. Sonu Yadav

Role: All-Rounder
Nationality: Indian
Bowling Style: Right arm medium fast
Batting Style: Right-Hand

20. Avinash Singh

Role: Bowler
Batting Style: Right-handed
Bowling Style: Right-arm fast-medium
Nationality: Indian

21. Rajan Kumar

Role: Bowler
Batting Style: Left-handed
Bowling Style: Left-arm fast-medium
Nationality: Indian

22. Manoj Bhandage

Role: All-Rounder
Batting Style: Left-handed
Bowling Style: Right-arm fast-medium
Nationality: Indian

23. Will Jacks

Role: Batter
Batting Style: Right-handed
Nationality: English

24. Himanshu Sharma

Role: Bowler
Batting Style: Right-handed
Bowling Style: Right arm leg spin
Nationality: Indian

25. Reece Topley

Role: Bowler
Batting Style: Right-handed
Bowling Style: Left-arm fast-medium
Nationality: English

Past Performance of RCB

RCB has been one of the original eight teams in the IPL.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Official Team

(Source: Royal Challengers Official Website)

The team has made eight play-offs appearances, out of which they reached the finals thrice in the IPL but unfortunately could never lift the trophy.

The final appearances of RCB in the IPL were against the Deccan Chargers in 2009, CSK in 2011, and SRH in the year 2016.

The overall performance of the team in the past years has been applaudable.

RCB holds the record for scoring the highest team total of 263/5 in the IPL.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Players (Past & Present)

RCB has always been one of the most star-studded teams of the IPL since the first installment of the league.

The team has cheerfully housed the greatest cricketers from all over the world since the very beginning.

PAST PLAYERS

  • Rahul Dravid
  • Jacques Kallis
  • Anil Kumble
  • Zaheer Khan
  • Mark Boucher
  • Dale Steyn
  • Daniel Vettori
  • Cameron White
  • Chris Gayle
  • AB de Villiers
  • Shane Watson
  • Moeen Ali
  • KL Rahul
  • Mitchell Starc
  • Parthiv Patel
  • Vinay Kumar

PRESENT PLAYERS

  • Virat Kohli
  • Faf du Plessis
  • Glenn Maxwell
  • Karn Sharma
  • Josh Hazlewood
  • Finn Allen
  • David Willey
  • Anuj Rawat
  • Dinesh Karthik
  • Harshal Patel
  • Mohammed Siraj
  • Siddharth Kaul
  • Akash Deep
  • Mahipal Lomror
  • Wanindu Hasaranga
  • Rajat Patidar
  • Suyash S Prabhudessai
  • Sonu Yadav
  • Avinash Kumar
  • Rajan Kumar
  • Manoj Bhandage
  • Will Jacks
  • Himanshu Sharma
  • Reece Topley

Royal Challengers Bangalore Coaches (Past & Present)

The list of coaches and trainers associated with the Royal Challengers Bangalore over the years in the IPL are:

YEAR

COACHES

2008

Venkatesh Prasad

2009 – 2013

Ray Jennings

2014 – 2018

Daniel Vettori

2019

Gary Kirsten

2020 – 2021

Simon Katich

2022 – Present

Sanjay Banger

Royal Challengers Bangalore Players 2023

The current playing squad of RCB is laden with powerpack performers.

The selectors have maintained a good balance between experience and enthusiasm in the team.

On one side, RCB has highly experienced and composed players like Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis, while on the other side are enthusiastic and vigorous youngsters like Harshal Patel and Mohammed Siraj.

The present Royal Challengers Bangalore team players are:

  • Virat Kohli
  • Faf du Plessis
  • Glenn Maxwell
  • Karn Sharma
  • Josh Hazlewood
  • Finn Allen
  • David Willey
  • Anuj Rawat
  • Dinesh Karthik
  • Harshal Patel
  • Mohammed Siraj
  • Siddharth Kaul
  • Akash Deep
  • Mahipal Lomror
  • Wanindu Hasaranga
  • Rajat Patidar
  • Suyash S Prabhudessai
  • Shahbaz Ahamad
  • Sonu Yadav
  • Avinash Kumar
  • Rajan Kumar
  • Manoj Bhandage
  • Will Jacks
  • Himanshu Sharma
  • Reece Topley

Royal Challengers Bangalore Coaches 2023

Royal Challengers Bangalore is a champion team with stars contributing to the victory of the team from both on and off the field.

  • Sanjay Banger: Head coach
  • Mike Hesson: Director of Cricket Operations
  • Adam Griffith: Bowling coach
  • Sridharan Sriram: Batting and spin bowling coach
  • Malolan Rangarajan: Fielding coach
  • Evan Speechly: Head physio
  • Basu Shanker: Strength and conditioning coach
  • Charles Minz: Doctor
  • Chaitanya Sridhar: Psychologist
  • Soumyadeep Pyne: Manager

RCB Performance in the Indian Premier League

Royal Challengers Bangalore has been a champion team that showcases elevated levels of cricket on the ground with every new season.

RCB holds one of the most incredible team and individual records throughout the seasons of IPL and has been a table topper most of the time.

PERFORMANCE OF RCB IN THE IPL

Year

Total

Wins

Losses

No Result

Tied and Won

Tied and Lost

% Win

Rank

Position

2008

14

4

10

0

0

0

29.90

7th

Group Stage

2009

16

9

7

0

0

0

56.25

1st

Runners-up

2010

16

8

8

0

0

0

50.00

3rd

Play-offs

2011

16

10

5

1

0

0

66.67

1st

Runners-up

2012

16

8

7

1

0

0

53.34

5th

Group Stage

2013

16

9

6

0

1

1

56.25

5th

Group Stage

2014

14

5

9

0

0

0

35.71%

7th

Group Stage

2015

16

8

6

2

0

0

57.14

3rd

Play-offs

2016

16

9

7

0

0

0

56.25

1st

Runners-up

2017

14

3

10

1

0

0

23.07

8th

Group Stage

2018

14

6

8

0

0

0

42.86

6th

Group Stage

2019

14

5

8

1

0

0

38.46

8th

Group Stage

2020

15

7

8

0

1

0

46.6

4th

Play-offs

2021

15

9

6

0

0

0

60.00

3rd

Play-offs

2022

16

9

7

0

0

0

56.25

4th

Play-offs

Key Players of RCB

Decorated with cricketing gems from all over the world, RCB has always been a formidable side to compete with.

The key players of Bangalore who have got their names calibrated in golden ink in the history of RCB and IPL are:

  • Chris Gayle – The Universal Boss
  • Virat Kohli – The King
  • AB de Villiers – Mr. 360 Degree
  • Dale Steyn – The Steyn Gun
  • Zaheer Khan
  • Anil Kumble
  • Daniel Vettori
  • Rahul Dravid
  • Jacques Kallis
  • Shane Watson

RCB in IPL 2023

With a power-packed team laden with the world’s greatest batsmen, RCB is completely ready for the IPL 2023.

The team has a perfect balance of batters, bowlers, and all-rounders.

The fans of the franchise would be eyeing for their team to lift the trophy for the first time in the year 2023.

The dates booked for the RCB matches in the IPL 2023 are

  1. April 2: RCB vs MI
  2. April 6: RCB vs KKR
  3. April 10: RCB vs LSG
  4. April 15: RCB vs DC
  5. April 17: RCB vs CSK
  6. April 20: RCB vs Punjab Kings
  7. April 23: RCB vs RR
  8. April 26: RCB vs KKR
  9. May 1: LSG vs RCB
  10. May 6: DC vs RCB
  11. May 9: MI vs RCB
  12. May 14: RR vs RCB
  13. May 18: SRH vs RCB
  14. May 21: RCB vs GT

FAQs

Who is RCB captain 2023?

Faf du Plessis is the captain of RCB in the IPL 2023.

Which players did RCB buy in 2023?

RCB bought a list of players in 2023, including Sonu Yadav, Avinash Kumar, Rajan Kumar, Manoj Bhandage, Will Jacks, Himanshu Sharma, Reece Topley, Akash Deep, and others.

Which team will Virat Kohli play in IPL 2023?

Virat Kohli will play for RCB in the IPL 2023.

When did RCB win the IPL cup?

RCB has not yet won the IPL cup.

Who is the king of IPL history?

Virat Kohli is popularly referred to as the king of IPL history.

Is Dinesh Karthik playing IPL 2023?

Yes, Dinesh Karthik is playing the IPL 2023. He will be playing in the league with the RCB 2023 squad.

(Feature image source: RCB Facebook Page)

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Tariq
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