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IPL 2019: RCB's best XI for the opening match against CSK

Vishal Raman
ANALYST
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25.80K   //    16 Mar 2019, 15:41 IST

Middle-order: Ab de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, and Shivam Dube

Ab De Villiers - Mr.360
Ab De Villiers - Mr.360

AB de Villiers will be back in Royal Challengers Bangalore colors to play this year's Indian Premier League. After announcing retirement from international cricket, ABD has been traveling all around the world playing the shortest format of the game.

A more focused, and a more relaxed de Villiers is a more dangerous de Villiers. AB should bat at No. 4 in the opening match against RCB.


Shimron Hetmyer- The X-Factor
Shimron Hetmyer- The X-Factor

The IPL debutant Shimron Hetmyer should play his first match against the CSK at the No.4 position. Performances in the CPL and in the West Indies tour of India has earned Hetmyer a chance to play with the likes of ABD and Kohli.

A power-hitter in the middle order was something RCB was missing out last year, and an X-factor player like Shimron can do justice to this spot.


 Shivam Dubey - The Dark Horse
Shivam Dubey - The Dark Horse

An incredible domestic season has earned Shivam Dube a place in the RCB squad. The 25-year-old all-rounder from Mumbai is an upcoming player with a great potential to succeed at the bigger stage

Dube's performance this season has been the only silver lining for the Mumbai side, who otherwise had a pretty disappointing campaign. The left-handed batsman scored 632 runs in eight games with two centuries and three fifties at an average of just 63.96. He has been very impressed everyone with the ball too, taking 28 wickets with a best of 7/53 against Karnataka.

He should be the one to walk into the team at No.5.

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