IPL 2019: Three big match-winners for Royal Challenger Bangalore
The IPL auctions are done and dusted, and the teams are all ready to go. Every team has a squad that looks strong enough to fancy their chances of getting into the playoffs. It was a well balanced auction and every team left the auction room with a smile on their face. Every team has some players who could potentially play a significant role in the tournament.
Here is a look at three such players from the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) who will have a big role in how far the team goes in this year's edition of the Indian Premier League.
Who else could be your best match-winner when you have Virat Kohli in your side? From the first season of the IPL, Virat Kohli has been a part of the Bangalore team. From being an inexperienced youngster to leading the team, Kohli has seen it all with this team. For quite a few years now, RCB has meant Virat Kohli.
Most of the fan following that RCB has today is mostly because of their captain. The best batsmen in the world, King Kohli has achieved almost everything there is in the world of cricket except for that illustrious IPL trophy. He had managed to carry his team very close to the trophy in 2016, when he scored 4 tons in the tournament and they lost to SRH only in the finals, that year.
Kohli is the second highest run scorer in the history of the IPL. In the last one year, he has been leading the Indian team very well. His fans will all be hoping that he reflects the same skills in the IPL too, and they finally have their name on that trophy. Virat Kohli is too good a player to not be a match winner and too good a player to be missing out on that trophy for so long.
AB de Villiers
The second most dependable name in the RCB squad is Mr.360, AB de Villiers. He is a player who has been consistently supporting Virat Kohli in making those big runs and crossing the finish lines. It is only because of him that RCB can rest assured of scoring runs even when Kohli has an off day.
He has 3 IPL tons to his name with a highest score of an unbeaten 133. When you make a list of best XI from RCB who will take the field, AB de Villiers will surely be there, even when he is going through a rough patch.
This is because, it takes him only one inning to make a comeback, and that one inning is the worst nightmare for any bowler. He is one of the most loved cricketer across the world. It is quite natural that after Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers is the biggest match winner for the Royal Challengers from Bangalore.
Shimron Hetmyer is a Windies middle-order batsman who will add to the already strong batting line-up of the RCB. With the firepower of Kohli and de Villiers already there, Hetmyer will only increase the bad dreams that a bowler gets, a night before he faces this team. Earlier in 2018, when the Windies toured the sub-continent, he made sure he had an IPL contract coming his way.
He was way too good for the Indian bowlers in that limited overs series. He was the top run scorer for the Windies, and it was only because of him that Windies could stretch matches to as long as they did in that series. He is a very young batsman, with a long career ahead. He has that natural explosive nature that people associate with the batsmen who belong to the Caribbean.
He can be very good with the bat on his day, and he will hope that those days come to him more often than not, only to prove his worth and grab this opportunity with open arms.
The RCB squad also boasts of some other players like Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Moeen Ali, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Marcus Stoinis who also have the caliber of winning matches for their team on their day.
Shivam Dube is a young name in whom RCB have invested in very heavily this season. If he is able to deliver goods, he could also prove to be a good addition to the list of match-winners for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
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