IPL 2021: Best Predicted Playing XI of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)
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Updated - Feb 19, 2021 12:07 pm
The auction for the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has just finished. This time, we witnessed a mini-auction in which many players were bought in by the franchises. Talking about the purchases, Glenn Maxwell and Chris Morris made the headlines as both of them were bought for a heavy price. This year, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) line-up looks a bit bland, but the only thing they need is a collective effort from everyone to lift the trophy.
Last year, the Royal Challengers Bangalore had a decent IPL season. Although they went off track during the latter half of the tournament, they managed to sneak into the playoffs. Since 2008, the Bangalore-based franchise has been trying very hard to clinch the trophy. Well, they finished second in 2009, 2011, and 2016.
But apart from those seasons, they have been unable to make a mark in the table and the tournament. The over-dependency on Virat Kohli has affected the team and this year, they have purchased Maxwell for INR 14.5 crores! Well, the management has decided to take a big risk and the fans might be anxious because of this decision. Well, the trio of Kohli, Maxwell, and De Villers might entertain fans this year. Let us have a look at the best starting XI of the Royal Challengers Bangalore:
1. Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal was one of the best-uncapped performers last season. He opened up the inning for the Royal Challengers along with Aaron Finch and was the one who took the initiative to attack every time. As an Indian batsman was attacking and playing flawlessly, Padikkal had released some pressure off Virat Kohli’s shoulders. This season, the fans are expecting him to continue his form from the last season.
Padikkal had played every match for the Royal Challengers last year. Of the 15 matches he played, Padikkal scored 473 runs with a healthy average of 31.53. Well, his strike rate is destined to improve as he plays more matches in the future! The RCB management has surely found a star in the form of Padikkal.
This year too, the RCB will be hoping Padikkal to step up and play with freedom. This youngster had played maturely last year and he can stabilize the inning when wickets fall from one end. Apart from that Devdutt Padikkal is an excellent fielder and can change the game on its head with his fielding.