The cricket carnival is all set to begin as 2022 Indian Premier League will start from 26th March. A total of ten franchises will battle it out for the ultimate prize. The tournament will be played in India across four venues- DY Patel Stadium, Braboune Stadium, Wankhede Stadium- Mumbai and Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will be one franchise to watch out for the 15th edition of Indian Premier League. Last season, Royal Challengers Bangalore qualified for the playoffs of the competition. In the Eliminator game played last year, Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered defeat at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders. After captaining the franchise for close to a decade, Virat Kohli relinquished captaincy duties and will be looking to contribute as a player for the coming season.
Newly-appointed skipper Faf du Plessis will be hoping that the franchise can break their trophy drought in the 15th edition of Indian Premier League. Former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has been in sublime form and performed exceedingly in the T20I Leagues across the globe.
RCB have been reached the finals on three occasions i.e. (2009, 2011, and 2016). With Kohli resigning from captaincy, the franchise made notable acquisitions such as Faf du Plessis, Dinesh Karthik, Wanindu Hasaranga, Karn Sharma, Josh Hazelwood and David Willey for the coming edition of the Indian Premier League. The team management will be hoping that these players can turn RCB fortunes around in the coming IPL season.
During 2022 IPL auction, RCB retained three players- Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and Mohammad Siraj for the coming season. The acquisition of players like Faf du Plessis, Dinesh Karthik, Josh Hazlewood, David Willey, and Wanindu Hasaranga will certainly increase side’s bench strength for the upcoming edition.
Head Coach Daniel Vettori and team management have gone for better options with the bat and ball rather going for one or two big players in the 2018 IPL auction). The key to winning the league will depend as to how Indian players like Anuj Rawat, Akash Deep, Siddharth Kaul, Karn Sharma and Mahipal Lomror.
Players to watch out for this season
The inclusion of new players like Karn Sharma, Josh Hazlewood, David Willey and Jason Behrendroff has certainly added more strength to the bowling department. Wanindu Hasaranga and Karn Sharma as premier spinners for the franchise. Mohammad Siraj, Josh Hazlewood, David Willey, Jason Behrendroff, and Harshal Patel are prominent pace options for RCB for the coming season.
Based on performances delivered last season, medium-pacer Harshal Patel should be the standout bowler for Royal Challengers Bangalore for the coming season. The Indian pace bowler did exceedingly well with the ball in the Indian Premier League 2022 and finished with 32 wickets in 15 games for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Harshal Patel has the ability to pick up crucial wickets in the middle-overs of the innings.
There is no doubt that former captain Virat Kohli is the premier batsman in the squad. After relinquishing captaincy duties, Kohli will be looking to get back to his best with the bat. For us, Virat Kohli will be keen to prove a point with the bat for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the coming edition of the Indian Premier League.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Likely XI: Faf du Plessis (captain), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, David Willey, Sherfane Rutherford, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Mohammad Siraj, Wanindu Hasaranga, Akash Deep and Harshal Patel.