Virat Kohli has been leading the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) side since 2013 and is yet to win his maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) title for the team. This year could be the one where he leads his team to a title victory as the side looks much more balanced in terms of the squad.
The 2018 edition of the IPL was a forgettable one for the Bangalore team ended up on the 6th spot. Virat Kohli’s team looked out of sorts as the side lacked balance and did not have a winning combination. A big failure on the management’s part was picking the right playing XI. This led to the axing of head coach Daniel Vettori, fielding coach Trent Woodhill and bowling coach Andrew McDonald.
Gary Kirsten will be the head coach for the RCB team and Ashish Nehra will be the bowling coach. The RCB team let go of 9 players from their team which featured stars like Brendon McCullum, Corey Anderson and Chris Woakes. Quinton De Kock was bought by Mumbai Indians.
Their batting has always been the strongest on paper with Kohli and AB de Villiers, two of the best limited-overs batsmen, donning the same colours. To add depth in the middle order, they have added the young West-Indies sensation Shimron Hetmeyer, South African keeper Heinrich Klaasen and Shivam Dube, who recently emulated Yuvraj Singh’s feat of hitting 6 sixes in an over.
RCB has a number of all-rounders in the team, which will not only provide the team balance, but ensure that Captain Kohli has a number of options to choose from. Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Pawan Negi are some of the names in the squad who are capable of hitting the ball out of the park when they bat, and sending batsmen back to the pavilion with the ball.
As far as the bowling department is concerned the RCB team is packed with fast bowlers. They have 6 fast bowlers with a healthy mix of Indian talent and overseas stars. Kohli has just one specialist spinner in his squad – Yuzvendra Chahal.