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The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) made the playoffs last season and that’s a high bar considering their low-end finishes over the previous three seasons in 2019, 2018 and 2017. RCB has languished at the bottom of the table in 2017 and 2019 and finished sixth in 2018. However, with Virat Kohli still at the helm, the team could expect their IPL experience to finally go well and take the team to their first title. IPL. Previously, RCB had made the final in 2009, 2011 and 2016. The most talked about new recruits in Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Dan Christian, Finn Allen and Kyle Jamieson are all foreign players, but RCB has also invested in Indian hitters. powerful like Mohammed Azharuddeen.

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They received a heavy blow even before the start of the season when Devdutt Padikkal tested positive for COVID-19 on March 22. RCB’s top scorer from last season, Padikkal, is being quarantined at his home and will have to return a negative RT-PCR test before he is allowed to join the squad.

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That aside, a baseline made up of Kohli, AB de Villiers and Maxwell is likely to take most of the load off getting big totals for a traditionally batting heavy team.

The new stars of RCB

The most prominent signatory, Maxwell, has years of IPL experience. Australia’s “ Big Show ” had a regular season in 2020 for Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings), who released it ahead of the auction, and hopes to turn things around.

Maxwell’s Aussie teammates Richardson and Christian can come in handy in death overs, Christian can also use the long handle.

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Allen, who played for New Zealand in their debut series, and Azharuddeen, who set the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on fire, could be the surprise factors.

Old pillars

Along with big players like Kohli and De Villiers, figures such as Adam Zampa, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal have all been held up as RCB has attempted to build its core around them over the past few years. seasons.

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Chahal, the team’s frontline spinner, is said to be looking to do even better than his 21 wickets last season.

Sundar, Siraj and Saini enter the squad after enjoying some memorable international seasons with India and this young group of Indian players could be the builders of the squad.

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Outlook for IPL 2021

RCB lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator last season after winning seven of their 14 league games, and all of Padikkal (473), Kohli (466) and de Villiers (454) were among the points.

RCB will do well to work on their bowling alley and use new hires strategically as Chahal (21 wickets) was the only RCB player among the top 10 wicket takers.

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However, with most of their Indian batsmen in good shape, RCB also has a good chance of making the playoffs this time around.

They begin their campaign with the opening of the IPL on April 9 in Chennai against the Indians of Mumbai.

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