IPL team preview - Royal Challengers Bangalore hope to sort out bowling woes

Virat Kohli will once again be the key player for Bangalore
Virat Kohli will once again be the key player for Bangalore
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Royal Challengers Bangalore will continue in their search for their maiden Indian Premier League title that has evaded them in the previous nine years.

They managed to end up as runners-up on three occasions including the previous season but never managed to clinch the title Bowling had been their main worry in the previous seasons and the fact that Mitchell Starc has pulled out of the upcoming tournament will not help their cause either.

However, they have pinned their hope on England's Twenty20 specialist Tymal Mills along with Billy Stanlake to address the issue and ease the pressure on the famed batting line-up that includes Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Shane Watson.

The  online cricket betting odds for Royal Challengers Bangalore would be 7/2 at best to win this year's IPL at the moment.

Performances in last three editions:

After a disappointing performance in the 2014 season where they ended seventh, Royal Challengers Bangalore has been on the ascendancy making it to the play-offs in the 2015 season and then reaching the finals in the 2016 edition.

They managed to reach the top two positions in the league stages of the previous season and were the first team to book a berth in the final where they lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight runs chasing a total of 209 runs.

Released Players

A total of 10 players including Varun Aaron, Chris Jordan, David Wiese, Kane Richardson and Parveez Rasool was released by the franchise ahead of the 2017 auction as they were clearly not pleased with the bowling effort from the team. Jordan was entrusted with the death bowling responsibility in the absence of Starc but it proved unsuccessful and the injury to Samuel Badree also affected their plans.

Bought Players

Mills was bought for a record price of USD 1.791 million approx and he is expected to deal with the batting friendly conditions at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru while they have also reinforced the all-round department of Pawan Negi and Praveen Dubey. Stanlake is the other addition they made to the squad this season.

Key Performers:

Virat Kohli: The 28-year-old has been a key component of any team he plays. His performance in the previous season where he smashed 973 runs from 16 matches at an average of 81 kept him class apart from the rest. He also smashed four centuries and seven fifties in it and will once again be crucial to their fortunes in the upcoming season.

AB de Villiers: The 360* player can win games on his own when he is on the groove. He recently made a comeback from injury for the Proteas and looks in intimidating form as usual. He ended the previous season as the third highest run-getter with 687 runs from 16 games at an average close to 53.

Squad:

Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Mandeep Singh, Adam Milne, Sarfaraz Khan, S Aravind, Kedar Jadhav, Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Samuel Badree, Iqbal Abdulla, Travis Head, Sachin Baby, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi, Pawan Negi, Tymal Mills, Aniket Choudhary, Praveen Dubey, Billy Stanlake

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