Monday, April 3, 2017

IPL 2017 Team Preview - Royal Challengers Bangalore

Royal Challengers Bangalore, traditionally, have one of the most glittering line ups in IPL but for all their riches, they are yet to lay hands on the silverware in the previous 9 seasons. RCB fans would want to believe that IPL 2017, the 10th season of the Indian Premier League is where they get lucky finally!

Key Players - Bangalore side is studded with big names like Virat Kohli, Shane Watson, AB '360 degress' De Villiers, Chris 'Universe Boss' Gayle and it is their batting line up that makes them a force to reckon with. With the names mentioned above, the opposition bowlers are under pressure even before they step onto the field.

T20 specialist Tymal Mills has been added to strengthen their bowling while they already have Yuzvendra Chahal in their ranks who has been very successful for them.

Injury Tracker - Even before IPL 10 has commenced, RCB have been dealt severe blows with opener KL Rahul ruled out of the entire tournament while participation of Virat Kohli is also uncertain. Mitch Starc, who was hugely successful last year will also be missing from RCB colours this season.

Fantasy Cricket Pick - Pick anyone from their top 3 and you will get bucketful of points. I would pick Shane Watson as the pick as he is likely to open in the absence of Rahul and will also bowl giving you points.

Fantasy Cricket Wildcard Pick - Yuzvendra Chahal
He has had very strong seasons with the RCB team and finally got picked in the Indian side for T20I's where he showed great composure against an attacking English line up. He will once again be their leading spinner and is bound to get wickets on Indian pitches.

My Prediction - RCB might finally break the hoodoo of not winning the title as they have smartly invested in good bowlers this time. Mills, Milne, Shamsi are now associated with them and with an ultra strong batting line up already in place; their bowling reinforcements might just have completed the final piece in the missing jig-saw puzzle for them. I think they will certainly go deep and have all the ingredients to pick up the trophy for the first time.

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