The Royal Challengers have been one of the most iconic IPL teams over the years.
For a team that boasts the likes of Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and the great AB de Villers, it is safe to say that Royal Challengers Bangalore have under performed massively over the last ten editions of the IPL.
During the last decade, RCB possessed some of the very best players in the game including the likes of Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Yuvraj Singh, Kevin Pietersen, Mitchell Starc and Shane Watson in addition to the holy trinity of Kohli, Gayle and ABD.
But for one reason or the other, this incredibly popular franchise has failed to win the competition, as they have suffered some heartbreaking losses in the latter stages of the tournament.
RCB have lost three finals in addition to several playoff matches, as the Red and Gold franchise have unfortunately developed the tag of ‘chokers’. Their most heartbreaking loss came in the 2016 final which was held in Bengaluru, when a rampant Kohli could not drag his side across the line against the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
With the chance to start afresh starting with the IPL mega auction in one month’s time, RCB will be looking to pull out all stops in order to land their maiden IPL title.
RCB made the most retention of them all, when they decided to keep Sarfaraz Khan at their club, in addition to Kohli and ABD.
The prodigious youngster was himself surprised at the news, as he did not expect to get retained by the Bengaluru franchise.
“I didn’t even know about the process. So, there was no expectation. I want to thank Virat (Kohli) bhai for believing in my abilities. I will try to respect the trust and perform well in the upcoming season.”
It is certainly a huge risk by RCB. Only time will tell if the risk was worth or not.