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IPL 2018: Royal Challengers Bangalore SWOT analysis

ANALYST
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2.22K   //    01 Apr 2018, 14:09 IST

Kohli
Kohli and AB de Villiers are the mainstays of the RCB franchise

The Royal Challengers Bangalore are one of the most mercurial teams in the IPL. In ten seasons so far, RCB have finished runners-up thrice and made the semi-finals once. There were also several years in which they remained at the bottom of the points table.

In IPL 2016, RCB came out all guns blazing with captain Kohli and AB de Villiers leading the charge, eventually losing out in the summit clash. The very next year, Kohli was ruled out due to injury and his side could never get going. As a result, they finished the tournament dead last.

This year, with most bases covered and both Kohli and de Villiers fit, the team will enter the league with the hopes of clinching their maiden IPL trophy.

Let us have a look at the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in this year’s IPL.


Strengths

Quinton de Kock this year may help them to convert a few half chances behind the wickets.
Quinton de Kock may help RCB convert a few half chances behind the wickets

RCB had to make do with Kedar Jadhav as their wicketkeeper in 2017. The fact that they have gone for a full-time keeper in Quinton de Kock this year may help them convert a few half chances behind the wickets. The South African would also beef up their already solid batting lineup as he can bat both in the top and the middle order.

The square at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, the home ground of the RCB, was a bit low and slow in the previous season which did not allow the batsmen to play extravagant shots. The new pitch at Bangalore is expected to be a lot more batting friendly this time around and would allow for 200+ scores.

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