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
|Owner||United Spirits Limited, Diageo|
|Net Worth||USD 111.6 Million|
|Team Director||Sanjeev Churiwala|
|Operations Manager||Avinash Vaidya|
|Head Coach||Gary Kirsten|
|Bowling Coach||Ashish Nehra|
|Strength and Conditioning Coach||Basu Shanker|
RCB Team 2019
— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) February 19, 2019
|Players||Country||Position||Salary (₹ Crore)|
|AB de Villiers||South Africa||Batsman||11|
|Colin de Grandhomme||New Zealand||All-rounder||2.2|
|Prayas Ray Barman||India||All-rounder||1.5|
|Heinrich Klaasen||South Africa||Wicketkeeper||0.50|
|Mohammed Siraj||India||Bowler||2.6 crore|
|Tim Southee||New Zealand||Bowler||1|
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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.
— SΗΐνα Virat& KS Fan? (@KeerthyShiva) March 15, 2019
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!
Best figures in IPL knockouts/Playoffs #MIvKKR
4/13 Bollinger v DC
4/14 Kulkarni v RCB
4/16 Kumble v DC
4/16 Kumble v DC
4/16 KARN SHARMA*
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) May 19, 2017
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.
— RCB Fan Army Official (@rcbfanarmy) March 16, 2019
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.
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.
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RCB Team Position through the Editions
RCB Theme Songs
— RCB❤Kunal (@srkunal12) March 14, 2019
- 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.
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
“Coach has a lot more work to do than the captain in T20.”
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) September 5, 2018
|Martin Crowe||New Zealand||2008|
|Venkatesh Prasad||India||2008-09, 2011-2013|
|Ray Jennings||South Africa||2009-2013|
|Daniel Vettori||New Zealand||2014-2018|
|Gary Kirsten||South Africa||2018-present|
Captains Through the Editions
— FunTraction (@funtraction) March 16, 2019
|Daniel Vettori||New Zealand||2011|
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Royal Challengers Bangalore Franchise
RCB is now a 100% subsidiary of United Spirits and a professionally run outfit. If that helps in you deciding whom to support. #IPLfinal
— K Sudarshan (@SudarshanEMA) May 29, 2016
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
- Hero Cycles
- Eros Now
- United Spirits
- Tata Motors
- Britannia Industries
- TGS Constructions
- 7 UP
- Ed Hardy
- Allen Career Institute
- DNA Network
- Mallya Hospital
- Fever 104 FM
- Lloyd Air Conditioners
- Tata Zest
- Himalaya Men
- Karnataka Tourism Jungle Lodges & Resorts
- Duroflex Mattresses
- Radio Mirchi
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.
— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 23, 2013
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
Pre-season photoshoot is going on. Captains and star players of all the teams seems to have a good time today.
— Namma Team RCB Official (@nammateamrcb) February 17, 2019
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— RCB Bold Brigade (@BoldBrigade) February 17, 2019
"We're looking forward to win the IPL this season!" – @MithunManhas
— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) February 13, 2019
Storm the stadium with chants and show your support towards Namma @RCBTweets!
Let us all make chants an integral part of Cricket in India.
— Namma Team RCB Official (@nammateamrcb) February 10, 2019
— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) March 11, 2019
— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) March 11, 2019
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