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Team Preview - Bangalore Royal Challengers


Team Performance in IPL 2008

The Royal Challengers, Bangalore had a fed-up outing during the first season of the Indian Premier League, finishing a miserable seventh.

Captained by Rahul Dravid, the team was touting as a Test side which was not capable of adapting to the strutting cricket employed in the Twenty20 format.

After a hot opening game against the Kolkata Knight Riders, the team from Bangalore was not able to settle down as a part.

The Royal Challengers played 14 matches in their IPL endeavor and might only manage 4 wins.

The liquor baron's team gone some close games after being in a winning position:

A loss to Delhi Dare Devils by 10 runs

Losing to Chennai Super Kings by 13 runs

Losing to Kolkata Knight Riders by 5 runs

The four wins manage by the Royal Challengers came against:

Mumbai Indians at Mumbai

Home and away wins alongside the Deccan Chargers

Chennai Super Kings at Chennai

Trade-ins and player attainments

At the start of 2009, Vijay Mallya obtained Robin Uthappa from the Mumbai Indians and had to let go of Zaheer Khan to them. This contract did not cost Mallya as it was a mutual swap.

Bangalore also acquired Gaurav Dhiman from the Mumbai Indians & Rajasthan fast pacer Pankaj Singh from the Rajasthan Royals.

The second IPL 2009 auction witnessed an antagonistic bid by all teams to get grasp of the South African born English cricketer Kevin Pietersen. Eventually, Mallya bagged him for a record $ 1.55 Million. Kevin Pietersen also replaced Rahul Dravid as the new RCB skipper.

The left handed batsman New Zealand sensation Jesse Ryder was also included in the Bangalore team for a price of $ 160,000.

Players to watch out for

Kevin Pietersen: With a enormous $ 1.55 Million tag and the responsibilty of leading the team, Bangalore fans would look to Pietersen to revitalize the fortunes of the team.

Jesse Ryder: With a dream season against the Indians in all forms of the game, the Royal Challengers would wait for the Ryder magic to continue in South Africa.

Rahul Dravid: The 'Wall' of Indian cricket finished a successful test series at New Zealand. Being the majority successful RCB batsman during the first season and with the burden of captaincy no longer there, the seasoned activist would look forward to an engaging stint.

Dale Steyn: This thrilling South African pacer had won praise from cricketers all round the world. RCB would bank on this fast bowler to clatter the opposition in conditions well suited to him where he will be even more lethal.

Trivia

Kevin Pietersen, next to with Andrew Flintoff (Chennai), was the most exclusive player of IPL 2009 at USD 1.55 million.

Bangalore Royal Challengers lined in Washington Redskins - a world famous cheer-leading force from the US for the IPL 2008.

Misbah-ul-Haq, who turned 34 on 28th May, will want to not recall his 34th birthday in a hurry - he was out for a first ball duck against Mumbai.

Current Squad

Rahul Dravid, Jacques Kallis (RSA), Kevin Pietersen (ENG), Ross Taylor (NZ), Wasim Jaffer, Robin Uthappa, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey, Jesse Ryder (NZ), Mark Boucher (RSA), Shreevats Goswami, Dillon du Preez (RSA) , Roelof van der Merwe (RSA), Cameron White (AUS), Praveen Kumar, Balachandra Akhil, Dale Steyn (RSA), Nathan Bracken (AUS), Pankaj Singh, Anil Kumble, Tinu Yohannan, Vinay Kumar

Coaches

Head Coach: Ray Jennings (RSA)
Assistant Head Coach: Vijay Bharadwaj(IND)

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