Royal Challengers Bangalore is one of the most popular teams in the IPL. Often known for its star players and a huge fanbase, RCB is considered as a favourite before the start of every season. So far, they haven’t won any IPL trophy but they will look to change that this year. RCB has reached the final of the tournament on 3 occasions and lost all of them (in 2009 to Deccan Chargers, in 2011 to Chennai Super Kings and in 2016 to Sunrisers Hyderabad). In IPL 2021 first phase, RCB looked in form. They are well placed for the second phase and look set to qualify for playoffs.
RCB had some impressive batting performances in Phase 1 of IPL 2021. Devdutt Padikkal continued from where he left off from the last season. The opener missed a few games as he had contracted Covid-19 but came back strongly after that. Skipper Virat Kohli struggled for timing in the first phase and he will be one RCB batsman to watch out for. Glenn Maxwell was RCB best batsman and top scored for the team. AB de Villiers batted at a difficult No. 5 position and played his role to perfection leading the team to some close wins.
|Player Name||Matches||Runs||Batting Avg.||Strike Rate||Highest Score|
|AB de Villiers||7||207||51.75||164.28||76*|
Bowling has been RCB’s weak link over the years. But this year, RCB bowlers delivered some impressive performances and contributed to their team’s wins. Harshal Patel ended the first phase as the overall highest wicket-taker. Kyle Jamieson was impressive in his debut IPL season while Mohammed Siraj has looked a confident bowler since India’s Australia tour. Harshal Patel and Kyle Jamieson were RCB best bowlers. Let’s have a look at RCB bowlers 2021 performance.
|Player Name||Matches||Wickets||Bowling Avg.||Econ. Rate||Best Figures|
Skipper Virat Kohli is likely to open the batting along with Devdutt Padikkal. Among the RCB batsman 2021 performances, the middle order stood out thanks to the two of their big names Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers. These two are the strengths of RCB playing 11 2021 IPL. Apart from these, Rajat Patidar is rated highly by Virat Kohli and he will be the one to watch out for.
Captain Virat Kohli and coach Mike Hesson will have a challenge to pick out RCB best playing 11 2021 for second phase out of this squad:
Virat Kohli (C), Yuzvendra Chahal, Devdutt Padikkal, Pavan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahmed, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Wanindu Hasaranga, AB de Villiers (wk), Tim David, Dushmantha Chameera, George Garton, Harshal Patel, Kyle Jamieson, Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen (wk), Suyash Prabhudesai, KS Bharat (wk), Akash Deep.
The team has lost some quality players like Finn Allen, Scott Kuggeleijn, Washington Sundar and Adam Zampa for this phase. But they have also included some exciting young talents like Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Akash Deep and George Garton to their line-up
RCB expected Playing 11 2021 second phase
Virat Kohli is the current captain of the team and is likely to lead the team in coming years too. AB de Villiers can lead the RCB playing 11 2021 if Kohli is unavailable at any point. RCB will have an eye on appointing their future captain. Yuzvendra Chahal is a viable option for future captaincy. The legspinner is an important part of the team and brings a good amount of experience with him. Chahal has been a part of RCB since 2014 and has produced a no. of match winning performances for the team. He seems to be the next contender to lead RCB.
With 5 wins and 2 losses, RCB is in a great position to qualify for the playoffs. Their good form in the first phase has made life easy for them for the second phase. In RCB playing 11 2021 list, there are a no. of world-class players. Their bowling, which seemed to be their weakness, has been doing well and has contributed in winning them games. Despite Virat Kohli not at his best, the team played well as a unit in the first phase. Not only in the playoffs, RCB will also be a firm contender to lift the trophy this year.
RCB’s first match in the second phase will be against Kolkata Knight Riders on 20 September, 2021 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. This will be the first match for both the teams and both will look to start the second phase on a high. Both teams faced each other in the first leg in which RCB thrashed KKR by 38 runs. Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers played two blistering innings to take RCB’s score to 204 which the KKR fell short.
Both teams faced each other at the same ground last year too where Mohammed Siraj produced a memorable spell of 3-8 in 4 overs. RCB restricted KKR to just 84/8 which Kohli’s men chased down in less than 14 overs with 8 wickets in hand.