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Is the title anxious?

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World champion batsmen Kohli, De Villiers, young batsman Devdatta Padikkal, short spinners Chahal and Washington Sundar have not been able to turn around but Royal Challengers Bangalore have yet to win the IPL title. The team had high hopes for the trophy last season. To that extent, it was a good start, but by the end of the tournament, they had lost five matches in a row and were eliminated. The RCB title, which has strengthened batting and bowling with the motto ‘If not this time, never again’, is coming into the ring as a target.

(Andhra Jyoti Sports Department)

Nirudu failed miserably and Australia all-rounder Maxwell was released by Punjab and he was singled out for Rs. The fact that it was bought at a cost of Rs 14.25 crore shows just how persistent Bangalore is to win the IPL trophy. Also, New Zealand’s Kyle Jamison has been offered Rs. 15 crores. It remains to be seen whether the RCB will get an appropriate result for this amount.

Strength

This team batting on paper looks the strongest. Kohli, who dusted off the mega league as the opener, has already made it clear that he will start the innings again. Nirudu Padikkal, a young player who made his IPL debut, is in fantastic form. The 27-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, Mohammad Azharuddin, was beaten in the Mustaq Ali Trophy with a strike rate of 194.54. Finn Allen of the Kiwis is a prolific batsman. De Villiers, Maxwell will strengthen the midfielder with aggressive batting. Bangalore batting with Sachin Baby, Daniel Christian and Sundar is deeper. With leg-spinner Chahal, off-spinner Sundar, Aussie duo Maxwell and Adam Jumpa, the spin department is reeling. This time, RCB will be playing in Chennai and Ahmedabad, where most of the matches in the tournament are spin-friendly.

Weakness

Bangalore pace bowling with less experienced Navdeep Saini and Mohammad Siraj. Although he bought Jamison for a hefty sum, he has not made much of an impact in the T20s so far. Moreover, Jamison has no experience of playing in India. With that, the medium pacer Herschelle Patel, the Aussie trio will have to rely heavily on Christian, Daniel Shams and Kane Richardson.

Indigenous players

Virat Kohli (captain), Padikkal, Pawan Deshpande, Sundar, Chahal, Siraj, Saini, Hershel Patel, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammad Azharuddin, Prabhu Desai, KS Bharat, Shahbaz Ahmad.

Foreign players

DeVilleers, Maxwell, Jamieson, Josh Phillip (keeper), Daniel Shams, Jampa, Kane Richardson, Dan Christian.

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