Royal Challengers Bangalore Team: All You Need To Know About Kohli-Lead Challengers

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IPL 2019
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Whether it was Chris Gayle’s smashing sixes, Ab de Villiers unbelievable shots, or Virat Kohli’s class, Royal Challengers Bangalore team or RCB has always known how to stay in news. The team has given some of the most entertaining and heart-warming moments to the entire IPL history.

Nobody can get over the light moments and numerous dances shared by Kohli and Gayle and the overall comradery shared by the entire team. No wonder then, RCB is one of the most popular teams in the league! Associated with gold and red, and a lot of flamboyance, RCB has had quite a run at the IPL over the last eleven years.

About Royal Challengers Bangalore Team 2019

OwnerUnited Spirits Limited, Diageo
CaptainVirat Kohli
Established2008
Net WorthUSD 111.6 Million
Team DirectorSanjeev Churiwala
Operations ManagerAvinash Vaidya
Head CoachGary Kirsten
Bowling CoachAshish Nehra
Strength and Conditioning CoachBasu Shanker
PhysiotherapistEvan Speechly

 

RCB Team 2019

PlayersCountryPositionSalary
Virat KohliIndiaCaptain/Batsman₹ 17 crore
Himmat SinghIndiaBatsman₹ 65 lakh
Shimron HetmyerGuyanaBatsman₹ 4 crore
AB de VilliersSouth AfricaBatsman₹ 11 crore
Devdutt PadikkalIndiaBatsman₹ 20 lakh
Pawan NegiIndiaAll-rounder₹ 1 crore
Moeen NegiEnglandAll-rounder₹ 1.7 crore
Colin de GrandhommeNew ZealandAll-rounder₹ 2.2 crore
Washington SundarIndiaAll-rounder₹ 3.2 crore
Shivam DubeIndiaAll-rounder₹ 5 crore
Akshdeep NathIndiaAll-rounder₹ 3.6 crore
Milind KumarIndiaAll-rounder₹ 20 lakh
Gurkeerat SinghIndiaAll-rounder₹ 50 lakh
Prayas Ray BarmanIndiaAll-rounder₹ 1.5 crore
Parthiv PatelIndiaWicketkeeper₹ 1.7 crore
Heinrich KlaasenSouth AfricaWicketkeeper₹ 50 lakh
Yuzvendra ChahalIndiaBowler₹ 6 crore
Kulwant KhejroliyaIndiaBowler₹ 85 lakh
Umesh YadavIndiaBowler₹ 4.2 crore
Mohammed SirajIndiaBowler₹ 2.6 crore
Tim SoutheeNew ZealandBowler₹ 1 crore
Nathan Coulter-NileAustraliaBowler₹ 2.2 crore
Navdeep SainiIndiaBowler₹ 3 crore

 

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Royal Challengers Bangalore History

The Bangalore got its name Royal Challengers as owner Vijay Mallya wanted to use his own brand for the naming. Hence his popular liquor brand, Royal Challenge was chosen.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore team have been one of the most unlucky teams in Indian Premier League history. They entered the IPL finals on three occasions (2009, 2011, 2016) and failed to win every time. 

RCB is known for its dreaded batting prowess that once included Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Yuvraj Singh. Some of the other prominent Royal Challengers Bangalore players include Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, and Moeen Ali.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Team Performance

The Iconic Team

Right from the very first edition, RCB flaunted big names like Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Dale Steyn, and Jacques Kallis. In spite of this, the team finished second-last in the league and won just four matches out of 14. The disappointing result led to a lot of controversies and public criticism.

 

Kumble Magic

In the next edition of the league, IPL 2009, the costliest player of the league, Kevin Pietersen was grabbed by RCB. He also captained the team that season. Pietersen had to leave mid-season due to national duty and Anil Kumble took over the reins. Things changed drastically after this and the team started winning matches and hearts!

 

RCB finished third in the qualifying round and entered the semi-finals. They defeated the very successful team Chennai Super Kings and set faced Deccan Chargers in the finals. Unfortunately, after a really tense match, the team lost. However, the drastic difference in performance from the first league was a big win for RCB franchise.

The 2010 IPL edition was also quite successful for the team. They entered the semi-finals but were defeated by Mumbai Indians. After defeating Deccan Chargers in the third-place playoff, RCB entered the Champions League.

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The Gayle Storm

Virat Kohli was the only retained player in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League. Several high profile cricketers were signed on by the team. Of these, Chris Gayle and Ab de Villiers became mighty famous with their antics on the field.

With a season filled with a lot of smashing and some sizzling victories, the team finished on the top of the table. Chennai Super Kings got the better of the team and RCB lost in the 1st qualifier. They bounced back in the 2nd qualifier by defeating Mumbai Indians and fans were really hopeful of the trophy. Unfortunately, it was once again taken away from them by CSK.

Disappointments

IPL 2012 was very disappointing for RCB as they couldn’t seal their spot for the semi-finals. The team had finally found its groove and the year turned out to be a damper. Despite some record-breaking performances, especially by Chris Gayle, the team couldn’t qualify for the semi-finals in 2013 as well.

Although the team managed to qualify for some playoffs, the trophy has still eluded RCB. It is quite surprising that one of the best teams on paper hasn’t been able to lift the cup. However, Royal Challengers Bangalore continues to win thunderous fan support for all their matches. Loyal fans cannot wait to finally see their beloved team win the title.

RCB Team Position through the Editions

YearPosition
20087th
2009Runners-up
2010Semifinalists
2011Runners-up
20125th
20135th
20147th
2015Playoffs
2016Runners-up
20178th
20186th

 

RCB Theme Songs

  • Jeetenge Hum Shaan Se – 2008
  • Game for More – 2009
  • Here We Go The Royal Challengers – 2013
  • Play Bold – 2016

The team’s current theme song is a variation on their Play Bold theme started in 2016. Amit Trivedi composed it and Anshu Sharma wrote it.

RCB Ambassadors

In the first edition of the league, Katrina Kaif was the brand ambassador of the RCB team. Over the years, popular celebrities such as Deepika Padukone, Ramya, Puneeth Rajkumar, Upendra, and Ganesh have represented the team. For the current edition, Shiva Rajkumar, an Indian singer, actor, and star is the ambassador.

Head Coaches of RCB

CoachNationalityPeriod
Martin CroweNew Zealand2008
Venkatesh PrasadIndia2008-09, 2011-2013
Ray JenningsSouth Africa2009-2013
Daniel VettoriNew Zealand2014-2018
Gary KirstenSouth Africa2018-present

 

Captains Through the Editions

PlayerNationalityPeriod
Rahul DravidIndia2008
Kevin PietersenEngland2009
Anil KumbleIndia2010
Daniel VettoriNew Zealand2011
Shane WatsonAustralia2017
Virat KohliIndia2011-present

 

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Royal Challengers Bangalore Franchise


The team is owned by United Spirits Limited. Though helmed by Vijay Mallya in the beginning, after his financial scandal, Amrit Thomas took over as the Chairman of the team.

Zeven, a company dedicated to transform sports in India, is an associate partner of RCB. DNA Networks acts as the licensing partner for the team.

 

Royal Challengers Bangalore Sponsors

Numerous brands have been associated with RCB over the years as their kit sponsors, shirt sponsors, and for shirt branding. Mallya’s home brand has stayed the primary sponsor. However, as advertising liquor brands on t-shirts were stopped, Royal Challenge Sports Gear and Kingfisher Packaged Drinking Water took over as shirt brands.

  • Royal Challenge
  • McDowell’s No.1
  • Whyte and Mackay
  • White Mischief
  • Huawei
  • Hero Cycles
  • Gionee
  • Eros Now
  • United Spirits
  • Midea
  • Tata Motors
  • Britannia Industries
  • TGS Constructions
  • 7 UP
  • Ed Hardy
  • Allen Career Institute
  • DNA Network
  • Mallya Hospital
  • Fever 104 FM
  • Redbus
  • Uber
  • Adidas
  • Lloyd Air Conditioners
  • LYF
  • Tata Zest
  • Himalaya Men
  • Acer
  • Ola
  • Zeven
  • Jio
  • Karnataka Tourism Jungle Lodges & Resorts
  • Duroflex Mattresses
  • Gatorade
  • Wrogn
  • Boost
  • Tissot
  • Radio Mirchi
  • Acer
  • Nissin
  • Galileo-iNurture

Awards and Achievements

The orange cap is given to the leading run scorer of the league. Chris Gayle was presented with it in the years 2011 and 2012 for scoring 608 (12) and 733 (2012) runs respectively. Virat Kohli was presented in the year 2016 for scoring 973 runs in 16 matches.

 

Chris Gayle has (very unsurprisingly) dominated the maximum sixes list. He won the award in 2011 (44 sixes), 2012 (59 sixes), 2013 (51 sixes), and 2015 (38 sixes). Virat Kohli won it in 2016 (38).

Chris Gayle won the Most Valuable Player in 2011 and Virat Kohli won it in 2016.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Social Media

 

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