RCB best possible combination for the playing XI | RCB Best Possible XI Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are always one of the strongest teams on broadsheet in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Every Time, they start as one of the favourites to win the trophy but somehow fall short of the mark. Last year, they reached the ending of the tournament, but couldn’t cross the final impediment as Sun Risers Hyderabad (SRH) led by their energetic skipper David Warner won the match and lifted the trophy.
A day earlier than the player auction this year, they suffered an obstruction as their lead pacer Mitchell Starc opted to pull out of this year’s league to prepare for the ICC Champions Trophy.
They released him right away from the squad and as a result, there was an empty space for a fast bowler. They filled that by bringing in Tymal Mills of England by spending a huge INR 12 crores. He was their costliest buy and the second biggest pick was Aniket Choudhary for INR 2 crores.
- 1 RCB Best Possible Playing XI IPL 2017
- 2 Royal Challengers Bangalore’s final squad for IPL 2017
The RCB side now looks balanced and here analyse their best possible combination for the playing XI:
RCB Best Possible Playing XI IPL 2017
Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli
The openers’ slot will mark two of the biggest names in the league, Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli. the previous year, Chris Gayle wasn’t in the best of form in the last season, but he did play a good knock in the final and you can’t keep the big man out unless he is unfit to play. When it comes to power hitting, there is no one who can match the prowess of Gayle.
Virat Kohli On the other hand, He was not only RCB’s star performer with the bat but also broke almost every batting record in IPL history.
He had the most incredible time in the last season. He did the impractical of scoring 4 centuries in the tournament and collective a massive 973 runs in 16 games at an average of 81.08, way ahead of the rest. In the earlier years, he used to bat number 3 but Virat Kohli made a bold move to open the innings for RCB and it came out very well. and he is expected to hold on to that spot.
KL Rahul, AB de Villiers, Kedar Jadhav and Sarfaraz Khan
3rd – Bangalore’s local boy KL Rahul will bat at number 3 Rahul has done extremely well for the Indian team across all formats in the year gone by and was also in a fabulous form in the last season of IPL. He averaged 44.11 with the bat and batted at number 3 for the most part of the competition. This year as well, he will be most likely to bat at the same place.
4th – AB de Villiers who is Well Known as 360 degrees. He too had a superb run in the earlier season where he accumulated 687 runs at an average of 52.85 and finished as the third highest run-scorer in the league. De Villiers can move up and down the order according to the situation but he will most likely to bat at number 4 for the majority of the tournament.
5th – Kedar Jadhav performed radiantly for India in the ODI series against England earlier this year. Jadhav emerges as a good finishing option for India and he can also bowl a bit. To add more stability to the lower-order, RCB must play Jadhav at 6.
6th – The young Talent Of INDIA Sarfaraz Khan had shown previously the ability to play the cameos Like SRK at the death overs. Sadly He got to play just 4 games last season but he had the strike rate of 212.9 which could come in handy at the slog overs. RCB can now afford to play an extra batsman due to the addition of Pawan Negi as the all-rounder.
Shane Watson and Pawan Negi
The Former Australian all-rounder Player is still pretty much energetic in the game. Last year, he played in all the 16 matches of the team and ended up with 20 wickets which put him third on the list of leading wicket-takers. although with the bat he did not add a lot.
The man who made the attention in the previous year’s player auction after being bought for a huge bid of INR 8 cr. by the Delhi Daredevils, But sorrowfully Pawan Negi had a very poor tournament last year and as a result was removed from the DD squad. He was picked up by RCB for INR 1 cr. and now could well find himself in a straight line into the playing XI due to his all-around abilities.
Iqbal Abdullah, Yuzvendra Chahal,
The young leg-spinner had an Unforgettable season last year as he picked up 21 wickets in 13 matches and was the 2nd highest wicket-taker behind Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He also held the orange cap for a fair part of the league. in recent times, playing for India he rough up the best ever figures by an Indian in T20 internationals and also the third best overall when he picked up 6 wickets for 25 runs against England earlier this year. RCB would hope for similar returns from him this year too.
A left-handed all-rounder who bowls traditional spin, Iqbal Abdulla has represented Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy. His 10 wickets at 13 apiece played a significant role in the India U-19 team winning the World Cup in Malaysia in 2008. He is a talented lower middle-order batsman and an athletic fielder. He won the Emerging Player of the Year award for his recital in IPL 2011 when he bagged 16 wickets. Abdullah also won the Man of the Series award while playing for India A during the Emerging Players Tournament in Australia in 2011. Although he got limited opportunity in the Ranji Trophy 2013-14 season, the tiny bowler captured 11 victims in the must-win match against Gujarat to help Mumbai qualify for the knock-outs. Having spent the previous seasons with the Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals, the spinner played in the last seasons for RCB
Tymal Mills, Aniket Choudhary
After Starc’s leaving, RCB were in concerned need of a foreign fast bowler who could lead the bowling attack. They found the able hands of Tymal Mills who could be the ideal replacement for Starc. He caught the eyes of everyone when he bowled skilfully at the death overs against India in the recent T20I series. He can bowl over 140 KMPH and simultaneously change the pace to fox the batsmen.
This left-arm medium pacer from Rajasthan made his first-class debut in the 2011 Irani Cup. With 12 first-class matches under his belt, the strappy speedster was handed an IPL contract by Kings XI Punjab ahead of the 2013 season.
The squad is top deep having maybe the best batting line-up amongst all the teams. With the company of Kohli, Gayle and de Villiers, they are guaranteed of big scores more often than not, something they did in the last season too. Their weak point lies in the bowling department.
If Aravind does not do well, he could be replaced by Harshal Patel or the 20-year-old Avesh Khan to backup the pace battery. moreover, if Mills doesn’t turn up with the expected results, there is Adam Milne from New Zealand in the squad who can fill in for him.
Other foreign spinners Samuel Badree and Tabraiz Shamsi can be brought in strategically by dropping Watson if he doesn’t perform and bringing in an Indian batsman like Sachin Baby or Mandeep Singh and dropping an Indian spinner. Iqbal Abdullah is also in the squad who can replace Negi if he continues his poor form of the last season.
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s final squad for IPL 2017
4.AB de Villiers
6.Kedar Jadhav/Mandeep Singh
7.Sarfaraz Khan/Sachin Baby/Stuart Binny
8.Iqbal Abdulla/Pawan Negi
10.Tymal Mills/Adam Milne/Travis Head
11.Aniket Choudhary/Harshal Patel/Avesh Khan/S Aravind
Tabraiz Shamsi/Samuel Badree, Praveen Dubey, Billy Stanlake. (advantageously players )
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