Virat Kohli will be the Opener for RCB – Team Preview and Strongest Playing XI in IPL 2021

Here in this article , we will preview the Team strength of Royal Challengers Bangalore and list out the possible options for playing XI with the players available in the squad. RCB is the Team which always have star studded players and match winners like AB De villiers  with an immense skill and bench strength in  the squad but somehow they will collapse collectively in a particular match and mostly probably in their past experience their bowling performance was not their aggressive approach to the opponent, mostly the responsibilities will be on two superstars Kohli and AB De Villiers .But now in this IPL auction 2021, they brought back some good bowling  options like Daniel Christian,Kyle Jamieson , Danial Sams in their squad with the availability of Zampa and Richardson their Team will look much stronger in terms of both batting and Bowling . Let’s look at their team strength and weakness with the possible strong  playing XI.

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Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) had a tremendous outing in the previous edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). After three consecutive poor seasons, they were finally able to reach the playoffs in IPL 2021 . But their biggest takeaways from the previous season was Devdutt padikkal. Team management invested him with 16 plus matches and that investment turned to be the biggest asset for the Team. Especially after the open statement from Virat Kohli, that he will be opening the innings for RCB , the left right combination will surely threaten the opponent bowlers.

Also, in this year they sorted out the Indian wicket keeping position by picking the domestic player Mohammed Azharuddeen, who was famous in Syed Mustaq Ali trophy  2021 with the century against Mumbai Indians.For middle order ,it will be the super man and big show combination for the first Time in the IPL De Villiers and Maxwell will be the pillars of the team , we can surely say if these two players had a great day with the bat RCB can chase any score , then the two uncapped players, Mohammed Azharuddeen and Rajat Patidar and they might also try sachin baby a left hander option in the middle ,to strengthen the middle-order of RCB. These players have impressed in the domestic circuit and made their way in the RCB squad.Added that , both can play dual roles for the team, Pattidhar is a part time right arm off breaker and Azharudden can do wicket keeping as well. 

For  the All-rounders role, RCB  will ideally  play with  Washington Sundar and New Zealand sensation Kyle Jamieson and Daniel Christian who was quite experienced in T20 Death bowling also can contribute with Batting for the team in lower order. This will be the maiden IPL season for the tall Kiwi fast bowler Kyle Jamieson , his performance will be the key factor for the Team victory in terms of bowling.On the other hand, Sundar had a decent outing in the last season. The Tamil Nadu cricketer picked up eight wickets from 15 games at a brilliant economy rate of 5.96 and his confidence level will be high after his international performances for his country . In this season , his batting order will be promoted up to test his all round skills .

For Indian Bowling attack, Yuzvendra Chahal and Mohammed Siraj are two natural selections considering the current squad of RCB. While Chahal will act as a specialist spinner, Siraj will speed up the pace attack. Last year, Chahal  was the highest wicket-taker among spinners. He had taken 21 wickets  from 15 matches. At the same time, Siraj ended IPL 2020 as the third-highest wicket-taker (11) for his side.Along with them , there are chances for another speedster Saini too in the playing XI depending on the match situation and condition of the pitches.

Possible Strongest Playing XI for RCB

  • Devdutt Padikkal
  • Virat Kohli
  • Mohammed Azharuddeen(wk)
  • AB De Villiers 
  • Glenn Maxwell
  • Washington Sundar
  • Daniel Christian
  • Navdeep Saini
  • Yuzvendra chahal
  • Mohammed Siraj
  • Kyle Jamieson
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