Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is one of those three teams who have been around since Indian Premier League’s (IPL) inception but have not managed to win the title. Owned by United Spirits limited now, RCB, however, have been among the most popular sides over the years. Names like Rahul Dravid, Kevin Pietersen, Anil Kumble have captained the team, with now India skipper Virat Kohli leading the side since 2012. Among the big stars are AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle and Shane Watson who are the impactful players of the side. The team boasts of a well-combined pool of domestic players as well. Daniel Vettori, who played for RCB till 2012, now coaches the side. RCB put up a poor show in the inaugural season. However, they bounced back in the following, reaching the final. Playing in all the nine seasons, they have reached the final thrice (2009, 2011 and 2016). They were one of the semi-finalists in 2010 and qualified for the Champions League T20 where they lost the semi-final. IPL 2017: It is time Kohli scripts the victory lap for RCB
2011 was one of the most fruitful seasons for RCB, as the team reached both the finals of IPL as well as the Champions League. However, they failed to win both. Their performance in 2016 was nearly flawless, with skipper Kohli scoring runs by the bucketful. They were defeated by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the final, and 2017 will be their chance to pull off their maiden IPL title. Here are some statistical highlights before RCB start the hunt for glory.
|Most matches (RCB)|
|AB de Villiers||92|
|R Vinay Kumar||64|
Virat Kohli, the skipper, is only the second player in the history of IPL to play for a single franchise for all the 10 seasons — the other being Lasith Malinga. He, undoubtedly, has played the most number of matches for RCB.
|AB de Villiers||2,586|
Kohli was the first player in the history of IPL to get to 4,000 runs in the tournament, and is the highest run-getter for the team.
|AB de Villiers||20|
Kohli also has the most number of half-centuries for RCB.
|AB de Villiers||224|
Virat Kohli beats his teammate Gayle by a margin of more than 130 in the list of most fours hit by any RCB batsman.
|AB de Villiers||128|
But, six machine Gayle beats Kohli with his out-of-the-ground maximums by a big margin.
|R Vinay Kumar||72|
Vinay Kumar has picked the most number of wickets for RCB, while current team member and their leading wicket-taker in IPL 9, Yuzvendra Chahal, is closely following him.
Ravi Rampaul has bowled the most number of maiden overs for RCB.
Anil Kumble has the most number of 4-wicket hauls for the team.
Now coach Daniel Vettori has the best economy rate bowling for RCB.
|AB de Villiers||44|
|R Vinay Kumar||22|
|Mayank Agarwal/Jacques Kallis||15|
Kohli also holds the record of taking the most number of catches for RCB.
|AB de Villiers||7|
Team’s impactful player, AB de Villiers, has executed most number of stumpings for the team.
|AB de Villiers||16|
However, Dinesh Karthik tops the table for most number of dismissals by any RCB wicketkeeper.
|Anil Kumble||5 for 5||Rajasthan Royals||2009|
|Jaydev Unadkat||5 for 25||Delhi Daredevils||2013|
Only two players have picked 5-wicket hauls for RCB. Kumble registered the best figure among the two.
|Manish Pandey||114* (73)||Deccan Chargers Hyderabad||2009|
|Chris Gayle||102* (55)||Kolkata Knight Riders||2011|
|Chris Gayle||107 (49)||Kings XI Punjab||2011|
|Chris Gayle||128* (62)||Delhi Daredevils||2012|
|Chris Gayle||175* (66)||Pune Warriors||2013|
|Chris Gayle||117 (57)||Kings XI Punjab||2015|
|AB de Villiers||133* (59)||Mumbai Indians||2015|
|Virat Kohli||100* (63)||Gujarat Lions||2016|
|Virat Kohli||108* (58)||Rising Pune Supergiants||2016|
|Virat Kohli||109 (55)||Gujarat Lions||2016|
|AB de Villiers||129* (52)||Gujarat Lions||2016|
|Virat Kohli||113 (50)||Kings XI Punjab||2016|
The batting-heavy RCB side has witnessed 12 centuries being hit. Gayle has the most number of centuries (5) in the history of IPL, and has also hit the highest-individual score (175* off 66). Kohli became the only player to hit four centuries in a single season.
Leading RCB since 2011, Kohli has captained the side in most number of matches.
|Praveen Kumar||Damien Martyn||Rajasthan Royals||Bengaluru||2010|
Only one RCB bowler has picked up a hat-trick, and that is Praveen Kumar.