Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL 2019 Team Preview

Head coach: Gary Kirsten

Captain: Virat Kohli

Previous finishes

2018: 6th
2017: 8th
2016: 2nd
2015: 3rd
2014: 7th
2013: 5th
2012: 5th
2011: 2nd
2010: 3rd
2009: 2nd
2008: 7th

2019 Roster

Local players: Virat Kohli, Parthiv Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Shivam Dube, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Devdutt Padikkal, Prayas Ray Barman, Himmat Singh, Milind Kumar, Akshdeep Nath

Overseas players: AB de Villiers (SA), Nathan Coulter-Nile (AUS), Colin de Grandhomme (NZ), Tim Southee (NZ), Marcus Stoinis (AUS), Shimron Hetmyer (WI), Heinrich Klaasen (SA), Moeen Ali (ENG)

Newcomers: Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Shivam Dube, Heinrich Klassen, Gurkeerat Singh, Himmat Singh, Prayas Ray Barman, Marcus Stoinis

What’s new at Royal Challengers Bangalore coming into IPL 2019?

Following another disappointing campaign in 2018, Kiwi Daniel Vettori was relieved of his duties as Head Coach of RCB and South African Gary Kirsten was promoted from Batting Coach to lead the team this time around.

Further changes followed to the roster as they signed Heinrich Klaasen and Windies prodigy Shimron Hetmyer while they also pulled off a trade with Kings XI Punjab to bring in-form Aussie all-rounder Marcus Stoinis to the club while allowing Quinton de Kock to leave for Mumbai also.

Who are the key players for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2019?

There is naturally plenty of expectation on RCB skipper Virat Kohli along with South African superstar AB de Villiers coming into this tournament as their key batsmen. They hit ten fifties between them in IPL 2018 but that was still not enough for them to challenge for honours so they do need others to step up.

RCB have a trio of all-rounders that they have invested heavily in and will hope can be key to their hopes. Two of De Grandhomme, Stoinis and Moeen Ali need to find some form and it is Stoinis who comes into this tournament with the biggest upside after some strong displays in the Big Bash and with Australia.

What are the question marks for Royal Challengers Bangalore coming into IPL 2019?

The reliance on their big names was far too great last year with both bat and ball. Kohli hit 530 runs and De Villiers scored 480 but the next best was Mandeep Singh’s 252 as not enough of their roster was able to contribute significantly. It was the same with their bowling unit as Chahal, Yadav and Siraj combined for 43 of their 74 wickets last year with average contributions from the rest. If they are to improve and challenge this year, more of their roster has to step up and contribute.

There are big hopes around Windies star Shimron Hetmyer but expectations may be too high on the 22-year-old. He lacks experience of playing in the conditions he is likely to find in India and his form is not great having scored 32 runs in three T20 internationals against England on home turf recently.

Stoinis and Coulter-Nile could be key figures but their availability is also limited by their international duty with Australia so they will only be with the team in April.

How do The Stats Zone think Royal Challengers Bangalore will perform in IPL 2019?

When RCB will have all their players available, they can be a match for any team on their day. However, the squad lacks depth and they unless some of their squad players step up or Kohli and/or De Villiers have outstanding tournaments, another frustrating campaign could be on the cards.

Prediction

They will likely compete in mid-table but a knockout place which could go down to the wire, but the absence of some of their Aussie internationals at key times could see them just miss out.