It will be interesting to see how Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) performs in the coming season of Indian Premier League. The franchise filled with star-studded players has certainly underachieved in the history of Indian Premier League. They have made notable acquisitions like Shimron Hetymer and Marcus Stoinis for the coming season. Will RCB break their trophy drought this year? Let’s take a look at three players that can help RCB win Indian Premier League 2019.
There is no doubt that Captain Virat Kohli is the lynchpin in the batting lineup. He has produced incredible numbers in the competition in the last couple of years. He has raised the level of batsmenship by scoring over 900 runs in the 2016 Indian Premier League. He has scored 4948 runs in 163 matches with four centuries to his name.
Kohli is certainly number one batsman in world cricket at the moment. He can certainly excel in any sort of situation in the T20 format. He will certainly be determined to prove the detractors wrong and help RCB lift their maiden trophy this season. Winning the trophy will certainly give Kohli the confidence going into the upcoming ICC Cricket World that will be played in England.
AB De Villiers
Former South African batsman will be focused to deliver the goods with the bat for RCB in this year’s competition. Last year, he decided to retire from international cricket for personal reasons. De Villiers will be itching to attain silverware for RCB after putting an end to his international career.
He has played competitive cricket coming into this year’s competition. De Villiers will certainly be focused to pile on runs with Virat Kohli in this year’s tournament. He has scored 3953 runs in 141 matches with three centuries to his name. His form will certainly be crucial to RCB’s fortunes in the coming season.
All-rounder has shown consistency with the bat and ball so far this season. In the Big Bash League (BBL), he scored 533 runs in 13 matches at an average of 53.30. Stoinis also claimed 14 wickets for Melbourne Stars in this year’s competition.
Stoinis was signed by Royal Challengers Bangalore during the IPL Auction event held in Jaipur last year. Certainly, Stoinis will certainly add value for RCB with bat and ball. He also played well for Australia in their recent tour of India. Stoinis did not make an ideal start to his international career and was quickly dropped due to poor run of form. He certainly made a lot of improvements in his game and came back strongly back for Australia.
He has been regular member of limited-over side for Australia and chipped in with credible performances with the bat. Stoinis has proven to be bankable in the lower-order and has the ability to finish off games on his own.
Royal Challengers Bangalore could certainly promote him to bat at no.3 or open the innings in this year’s competition. His bowling also has shown improvement and will be looking to pick up crucial wickets for the franchise this season.