For years, RCB have been a top heavy side, possessing the likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle in their arsenal. It is a shame that the Bengaluru outfit have never lifted the IPL trophy in the last ten years, as they are considered to be one of the unluckiest teams in the league.
With renewed vigour, RCB entered the auction looking to build their team around the Kohli-De Villiers axis, as they consciously tried to prevent their mistakes from earlier auctions.
They started steadily yesterday, as they correctly decided against bringing back Chris Gayle, and instead brought Brendon McCullum into their side. They also bought Quinton de Kock, as the exciting South African wicket keeper will add firepower to the power packed RCB lineup.
RCB beefed up their bowling department, as they brought in Umesh Yadav, Pawan Negi, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj and Washington Sundar to form a quality Indian bowling attack.
Royal Challengers Bangalore invested heavily in foreign all-rounders, as bought accomplished stars in Chris Woakes, Colin de Grandhomme and Moeen Ali. With just an Indian wicket-keeper missing in their squad, RCB went back for Parthiv Patel as they bought the experienced star for Rs 1.7 crores.
This the RCB squad as of now :
Virat Kohli (retained 17 c), AB de Villiers (retained 11 c), Sarfraz Khan (retained 3 c), Brendon McCullum (3.6 c), Chris Woakes (7.4 c), Colin de Grandhomme (2.2 c), Moeen Ali (1.7 c), Quinton de Kock (2.8 c), Umesh Yadav (4.2 c), Yuzvendra Chahal (6 c), Manan Vohra (1.1 c), Kulwant Kejroliya (85 Lakh), Aniket Choudhary (30 Lakh), Navdeep Saini (3 c), Murugan Ashwin (2.2 Cr), Mandeep Singh (1.4 Cr), Washington Sundar (3.2 Cr), Pawan Negi (1 Cr RTM), Mohammad Siraj (2.6 Cr), Nathan Coulter-Nile (2.2 Cr), Anirudha Joshi (20L)