The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are one of the most unlucky teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Even though they made it to the IPL final three times, they always came in second place.
The franchise has always been a difficult opponent to beat. Legendary players like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Rahul Dravid, Jacques Kallis, Chris Gayle, etc have played for RCB. They’ve also had some excellent all-around players in the past.
- Shane Watson
Shane Watson, who played for RCB for a couple of seasons, didn’t have a particularly good run with the bat but did well with the ball. He took 25 wickets at a respectable average of 29.20. When Kohli was injured and missed a few games in 2017, Watson took over as interim captain of the RCB.
- Jacques Kallis
Jacques Kallis is arguably the greatest all-rounder of all time, with statistics in all forms of the game that every young cricketer dreams of. From 2008 to 2010, he was a member of the RCB. He scored 1271 runs and took 30 wickets during his time with the Royal Challengers. In 2010, he had his most productive year with RCB. The Proteas all-rounder amassed 572 runs at a respectable average of 47.66, including six half-centuries.
- Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell, an Australian all-rounder, has been a standout performer in the Indian Premier League. Maxwell, a former player for the Delhi Daredevils, Mumbai Indians, and Kings XI Punjab, has delivered some brutal knocks on his way to single-handedly winning several matches for his team. Maxwell has been a key player for RCB, scoring several match-winning runs.
- Marcus Stoinis
Until IPL 2019, Marcus Stoinis of Australia could not live up to the hype. While his bowling was not particularly impressive for RCB, his economy rate was significantly lower than in previous seasons. He also had a fantastic batting average of 52.75.
- Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh was only with the team for one season. Although Singh’s performance did not match the large sums of money he received at the auction, he did give a good account of himself. In IPL 2014, the flamboyant Punjab batsman scored 376 runs in 14 matches, averaging 34.18 and a strike rate of 135.25. As evidenced by his four wickets for the franchise that season, the left-hander was also a useful part-time spinner.