Royal Challengers Bangalore: Team Analysis:
Royal Challengers Bangalore also referred to as RCB is a franchise, cricket team based in the city of Bangalore. Indian Premier League The team is owned by the business magnate Vijay Mallya, through his flagship firm UB Group. Brijesh Patel is the CEO of the RCB and Anil Kumble is the captain. Rahul Dravid is the team’s Icon Player, while Ray Jennings, the former South African coach, is the coach.
1. Anil Kumble:
No bowler in history won India more Test matches than Anil Kumble, and there probably hasn’t been a harder trier either. Like the great tall wristspinners Bill O’Reilly and his own idol BS Chandrasekhar, Kumble traded the legspinner’s proverbial yo-yo for a spear, as the ball hacked through the air rather than hanging in it and came off the pitch with a kick rather than a kink.
2. Mark Boucher:
A man to go to war with, but never against, Mark Boucher packs all the archetypical attributes of the South African cricketer into his short, stocky frame. He is relentlessly competitive, invariably aggressive, and as hard and uncompromising as the new ball. He makes a point of, in his own words, “walking onto the field as if you own the place”.
3. Rahul Dravid:
Rahul Dravid, a cricketer who seamlessly blends an old-world classicism with a new-age professionalism, is the best No. 3 batsman to play for India – and might even be considered one of the best ever by the time his career is done. He already averages around 60 at that position, more than any regular No. 3 batsman in the game’s history, barring Don Bradman.
4. Dillon du Preez:
Dillon du Preez had one of the more interesting entries into the first-class game when he was forced to bowl for two days for Free State against the West Indies as the tourists amassed 618. The Port Elizabeth-born fast bowler didn’t lose faith, however, picking up 3 for 75 in 29 overs including Shivnarine Chanderpaul as his maiden wicket, bowled for 245.
5. Jacques Kallis:
In an era of fast scoring and high-octane entertainment, Jacques Kallis is a throwback – and an astonishingly effective one at that – to Test cricket’s more sedate age, when one’s wicket was a commodity to be guarded with one’s life, and runs were but an accidental by-product of crease occupation.
6. Virat Kohli:
Virat Kohli has already earned a reputation as a level-headed and mature cricketer. Batting at his favourite No. 4 position, he has a penchant for converting his fifties into big scores, as he showed in 2005 when he single-handedly took Delhi from 70 for 4 to a first-innings lead with 251 off 431 balls against Himachal Pradesh in the Under-17 championships.
7. Praveen Kumar:
Praveen Kumar had everything to become a domestic cricket legend: limited pace but ability to swing the ball both ways, persistence to bowl long spells, and an almost intuitive knowledge of how to take wickets on unresponsive Indian wickets.
8. Abhimanyu Mithun:
Abhimanyu Mithun spent his early teenage years striving for success in athletics and the discus throw, and didn’t bowl with a leather ball until he was 17. Three years later, after a successful Ranji debut season in 2009-10, the fast bowler had forced his way into the national squad for the Test series against South Africa.
9. Manish Pandey:
Manish Pandey will always be remembered as the first Indian to score a century in the IPL. In one night, the 19-year-old went from being Karnataka’s next big Ranji hope to entering the record books as he hit his way to the highest Twenty20 score by an Indian.
10. Kevin Pietersen:
Kevin Pietersen’s career has verged on the extraordinary at every turn. From shunning the South African quota system, to returning to his homeland with three ODI centuries and securing the Ashes with his maiden Test ton.
11. Dale Steyn:
Dale Steyn’s rise to national selection was rapid, being picked in the side for the first Test against England in December 2004 little more than a season after making his first-class debut. A genuinely fast, if slightly raw, bowler, who moves the ball away from right-handers, Steyn sprints to the wicket and hurls the ball down with aggression, and often follows with a snarl for the batsman.
12. Ross Taylor:
Ross Taylor could be just what New Zealand need in the wake of the mass of departures from their batting line-up: an aggressive top-order batsman capable of taking up the challenge to world-class attacks. He made a flying start to the domestic 2005-06 season, with three centuries, and was soon in his country’s limited-overs side.
13. Robin Uthappa:
Tall and robust Robin Uthappa, the son of Venu, an international hockey referee, scored heavily in the Ranji Trophy till he could not be kept out of the Indian one-day team any longer. Although his initial record in domestic cricket – a first-class average of 32 from 20 matches with just one hundred – was modest he plundered 854 runs in 7 Ranji matches in 2006-07 to top the batting charts.
14. Cameron White:
Fair-haired and level-headed, Cameron White has long seemed destined to play a significant role in Australia’s future. Only the precise nature of that role has baffled his admirers. Nagging legspinner? Aggressive middle-order bat? Intuitive skipper? Or a bit of all three? The over-eager Shane Warne comparisons that festooned his first-class arrival have long since died away.
15. Roelof van Merwe:
With just a clutch of domestic and Under-19 matches to his credit, Roelof van der Merwe marked his Twenty20 international debut for South Africa with a quickfire 48 and 1 for 30. He was duly named Man of the Match. It marked a quick rise for a tidy left-arm spinner who can hit the ball hard.