IPL 2020: Predicted Playing XI of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)

IPL 2020: Predicted Playing XI of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)

There are some better options compared to the previous season. But can RCB make the most out of them?

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has often boasted of some of the biggest superstars from all around the world. Their batting order is so fierce that it often sends shivers down the spines of the opposition bowlers. However, things have seemed to change in recent times. With the nature of the pitch at the Chinnaswamy Stadium changing, there has been more emphasis on bowling than ever before.

The lack of nip in the bowling attack showed clearly in the previous two IPL seasons. Hence, the results haven’t been as per their liking. In this auction, the RCB management has worked a bit on this weakness. While it remains a question mark if these new set of additions will make a difference overall, the bowling attack looks more promising now. The side appears more dynamic and flexible which gives the captain a few more options to play around with.

Here is how the starting XI of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) could look like:

1. Parthiv Patel (wk)

Parthiv Patel
Parthiv Patel. (Photo: IANS)

Apart from the new recruit Shahbaz Ahmed, Parthiv Patel is the only other Indian wicket-keeper in RCB’s ranks. Clearly, he is the better option for them and thus will find a place in the starting XI. However, Parthiv Patel hasn’t made many significant contributions to RCB in the past with the bat.

His role has been to pick the gaps and score some quick runs in the powerplay. He isn’t one of those big hitters of the cricket ball and fancies playing shots along the ground. Even for this season, he will possibly have a similar role to play.

Parthiv is a decent option behind the stumps. He is often a safe catcher and should do the job in the shortest format of the game. Since RCB has got more depth in the batting order now, Parthiv Patel can look to be more aggressive than he earlier was.