The Royal Challengers Bangalore is a franchise cricket team in Indian Premier League. The team based in Bangalore and abbreviated as RCB. The team made three appearances in final of IPL. Unfortunately, they lost all three finals to Deccan Chargers, Chennai Super Kings and Sun Risers Hyderabad in 2009, 2011 and 2016 respectively. Virat Kohli is Captain of the team while Gary Kristen is the coach. In 2008, Katrina Kaif was the brand ambassador of the team. In initial seasons, Deepika Padukone, Ramya, Puneeth Rajkumar, Upendra and Ganesh were the ambassadors for the team. For 2011, Shiva Rajkumar was the Brand Ambassador.
- Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore is the home ground of RCB. The stadium has a seating capacity of 40,000.
The board of control of cricket in India sold the franchise to Vijay Mallya. He paid $111.6 million, and it is the second highest bid for a franchise. Vijay Mallya is the Ex-chairman of United Spirit.
Management and Support Staff
|Owner||United Spirits Ltd.|
|Head coach||Gray Kristen|
|Team Director||Sanjeev Churiwala|
|Operation Manager||Avinash Vaidya|
|Bowling Coach||Ashish Nehra|
|Strength and Condition Coach||Basu Shanker|
2008 to 2011
Rahul Dravid was the icon player in 2008 for the team. The franchise acquired Cameron White, Mark Boucher, Jacques Kallis, Dale Steyn, Anil Kumble and Zaheer Khan. The team played 14 matches, and they only won four. They finished with the seventh position on point table among eight.
In 2009 season, the franchise signed up Kevin Peterson for $1.5 Million. The team named Kevin Peterson the captain for this edition. They qualified for the semifinals and faced Super Kings. The team defeated Super kings and faced Deccan Chargers in final. They lost the final match by six runs.
In IPL 2010, the Challengers finished with seven wins from 14 matches under Kumble’s captaincy. Four teams tied on 14 points. The team qualified for the semifinals with the best run rate among them. The table toppers Mumbai Indians defeated the Royals in semifinal.
The franchises are allowed to retain four players for 2011 season. The team only retained Virat Kohli. In an auction, they bought Tillakaratne Dilshan, Zaheer Khan, Ryan Doeschate and AB de Villiers. The RCB managed to qualify for the final. In final they faced Chennai Super Kings. The team lost the match by four wickets, and Chris Gayle adjudged the Man of the Match.
2012 to 2018
In 2012 edition, the RCB didn’t play well. The team failed to qualify for playoffs, also the Champions’ League. In the next season, they competed with Sun Risers Hyderabad with 16 points both. In their last league match, they won in do or die situation. The team could qualify in playoffs if Kolkata beat Hyderabad. Unfortunately, The Sunrises won the match and ended RCB’s season.
Virat Kohli captained the team in 2014 season. The franchise retained AB de Villers, Cris Gayle and Kohli. They finished with the seventh position in point table. They didn’t manage to qualify for playoffs. In the following season, the team faced the Rajasthan Royals in the eliminator. They secured a spot in qualifier 2 and lost to Super Kings. This defeat ended their season.
In the next edition, the Royal Challengers faced Gujarat Lions in the qualifier. They won by four wickets and made to final for the third time. In final against Sun Risers Hyderabad they lost by eight runs. RCB lost three finals in the IPL.
Next season, the Royal Challengers Bangalore finished at the bottom of the points table. They changed the squad in every match, and this served as the reason for their degradation.