The Royal Challengers Bangalore are a franchise in the cash-rich Indian Premier League. One of the most decorated team of the league, the RCB has been one of the most followed team by the fans all over the world. The team has had many high profile players like Anil Kumble, Shane Watson, AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and Daniel Vettori over the years.
The home stadium of RCB is the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, which is considered to be a batting fortress where mammoth totals have been posted in the past.
The team has two contrasting records to its name. While it has posted the highest total in the history of IPL by scoring 263/5 in the 2013 season against Pune Warriors India, it has also scored the lowest total when KKR bundled them for just 49 runs.
For the upcoming 2018 season, the team will be led by Kohli, while Daniel Vettori will be the head coach of the team.
The team was formed on the 20th of February, 2008 when liquor baron Vijay Mallya paid $111.6 million to buy the team at the team auctions. This was the highest bid for a team that was only behind Reliance Industries Ltd.'s bid of $111.9 million for the Mumbai Indians team.
Mallya’s home brand Royal Challenge became the primary sponsor of the team. Since then, United Spirits Limited (now a subsidiary of Diageo) used almost all advertising slots on the apparel for the promotion of their brands.
The team had a forgetful inaugural season as they tasted the wooden spoon by finishing seventh. Brendon McCullum(KKR) tore them apart in the first match as they went on to lose the match by 140 runs.
Their first win came against the Mumbai Indians when Mark Boucher played a quickfire 39*(19) to take his team over the line.
In every pre-season analysis, experts keep reiterating the fact that RCB is going to be the team to beat. The team is always credited with starting with the strongest team on paper. But luck has evaded them twice as the team fell just short of the big title in 2009 and 2016.
The Indian skipper himself has been the most capped player for the franchise having played 164 matches and scored 4842 runs at an average of 37.53. AB De Villiers and Chris Gayle have played 102 and 91 games respectively, that puts them second and third position respectively, as the most capped players list for the Royal Challengers.
Chris Gayle has won the orange cap in the 2011 and 2012 season by scoring 608 and 733 runs respectively. Virat scored a record-breaking 973 runs in the 2016 season that was way ahead of his counterparts.
Career trajectory of the club
After finishing seventh in the first season, the team finished as the runners up in the following season having lost to Deccan Chargers in the finals. The team boasts of some big names in the history of cricket.
In the following seasons, RCB changed the team logo and also became the first team in IPL to adopt different jerseys for home and away matches. RCB have been an entertaining team as well, with Gayle at the top of it. His blistering innings of 175 runs against Pune Warriors put the world at his feet.
The team reached its highest point in the 2016 season when they seemed unbeatable. The skipper was also in great form, but the ‘chokers’ tag came to haunt them back as they finished as the runners up once again.
Being an RCB fan is probably the most painful thing on Earth. RCB has over 2.66 million and 10 million followers in Twitter and Facebook respectively. This makes them one of the most followed franchises in the World of Cricket.
“Namma Bengaluru” has always been a city that loves cricket. The fans have remained loyal to the franchise as the fan base has always been on the rise. They have supported the team irrespective of the results which is very good for the progress of the game.
| Year|| Rank|| Captain|| Top Batsman|| Top Bowler|| Win %|
| 2008|| 7|| Rahul Dravid|| Rahul Dravid (371runs)|| Zaheer Khan (13 wickets)|| 28.57|
| 2009|| 2|| Kevin Pietersen|| Jacques Kallis (361 runs)|| Anil Kumble (19 wickets)|| 57.14|
| 2010|| 3|| Anil Kumble|| Jacques Kallis (572 runs)|| Anil Kumble (17 wickets)|| 50.00|
| 2011|| 2|| Daniel Vettori|| Chris Gayle (608 runs)|| S Aravind (21 wickets)|| 64.28|
| 2012|| 5|| Daniel Vettori|| Chris Gayle (733 runs)|| R Vinay Kumar (19 wickets)|| 50.00|
| 2013|| 8|| Virat Kohli|| Chris Gayle (708 runs)|| R Vinay Kumar (23 wickets)|| 56.25|
| 2014|| 7|| Virat Kohli|| AB De Villiers (395 runs)|| Varun Aaron (16 wickets)|| 35.70|
| 2015|| 3|| Virat Kohli|| AB De Villiers (513 runs)|| Yuzvendra Chahal (23 wickets)|| 50.00|
| 2016|| 2|| Virat Kohli|| Virat Kohli (973 runs)|| Yuzvendra Chahal (20 wickets)|| 57.14|
| 2017|| 8|| Shane Watson|| Virat Kohli (308 runs)|| Pawan Negi (16 wickets)|| 21.42|