After a disappointing 2019 campaign, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will hope it can fire on all cylinders as it begins hunt for its first Indian Premier League (IPL) title.
While RCB has a strong top-order with Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli and A. B. de Villiers, its middle and lower order don’t inspire much confidence. The bulk of the scoring will have to come from the trio, while the inexperienced explosive opener Devdutt Padikkal could express himself in the company of his experienced seniors.
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Chris Morris, signed for a whopping ₹10 crore, provides RCB with a potential explosive finisher alongside England’s Moeen Ali. While Shivam Dube remains too raw at this level, he can be used as a floater across positions 3 and 7.
All-rounder Washington Sundar will hope he gets more opportunities this season after having featured in the squad just four times last year.
Yuzvendra Chahal will be the lead spinner in what is a spin-heavy squad, while Umesh Yadav and Navdeep Saini will lead the pace attack.
Left-arm pacer Isuru Udana can force his way into the XI in place of Morris to add variation to the bowling.
This line-up would provide depth to RCB’s batting line-up and seven bowling options. Shahbaz Ahmed, who comes into the tournament on the back of a stellar domestic season with both bat and ball, could potentially be RCB’s wildcard.
1. Aaron Finch (Overseas)
2. Devdutt Padikkal
3. Virat Kohli (C)
4. A. B. de Villiers (Overseas/Wk)
5. Shivam Dube
6. Moeen Ali (Overseas)
7. Chris Morris (Overseas)
8. Washington Sundar
9. Yuzvendra Chahal
10. Umesh Yadav
11. Navdeep Saini
Wildcard: Shahbaz Ahmed
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