After a brilliant journey in Indian Premier League (IPL) 9, Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have geared up for IPL 10, eyeing the title this time. However, their campaign hit an unexpected string of injuries which led many of the impactful players to miss out the initial phase of the tournament. Under Shane Watson’s charge the RCB, without the likes of Kohli, KL Rahul, AB de Villiers and domestic mainstay Sarfaraz Khan, will start the journey for the ultimate glory. Before the team starts their campaign, here are some of their players who can emerge as the knight in the shining armour. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Match 1 at Hyderabad
Tymal Mills (England)
Contract Worth: INR 120,000,000
One of the latest pace-bowling sensations, Tymal Mills was one of RCB’s costliest picks. However, the player is relatively young and IPL will be his chance to build his reputation. His brief journey so far includes the participation in Twenty20 (T20) leagues such as Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and Pakistan Super League (PSL) and the bowler shone on both the occasions. The most attractive part of his bowling is how he mixes line and length, creating a surprise for the batsmen with every delivery.
IPL history: Debut
Avesh Khan (India, uncapped)
Contract Worth: INR 1,000,000
Avesh Khan impressed the cricket lovers with his performance in the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2016, emerging as India’s leading wicket-taker (12 from 6 matches) in the tournament. His consistent scalps helped India tame their oppositions and reach the final. His spells were economic as he maintained very accurate line and length throughout.
IPL history: Picked by RCB in 2016
Mandeep Singh (India)
Contract worth: INR 8,000,000
With the heavy-weights in RCB top-order injured for the initial half, Mandeep Singh can emerge as a handy replacement for the team. The cricketer has been around in the IPL scenes for a long time now. He started his IPL career with KKR, moving on to KXIP and now with RCB. He has been consistent at the domestic level, scoring in excess of 80 twice in the recent List A games. He also has ample experience, which makes him a perfect choice for filling in the big shoes. Mandeep is also a handy medium-pacer who can be brought in occasionally.
IPL history: Picked by KKR in 2010, by KXIP in 2011, 2014, by RCB in 2016
Matches: 59 | Runs: 924 | Ave: 20.53 | SR: 124.36 | 50s: 4
Squad: Virat Kohli (c), Pawan Negi, Tymal Mills, Aniket Choudhary, Praveen Dubey, Billy Stanlake, KL Rahul, AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Mandeep Singh, Adam Milne, Sarfaraz Khan, Sreenath Aravind, Kedar Jadhav, Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Samuel Badree, Iqbal Abdulla, Travis Head (wk), Sachin Baby, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi