Virat Kohli and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are ready for the 16th edition of the IPL season after the mini-auction held on December 2022. RCB released only 5 players ahead of the auction and entered into the mini-auction with seven slots available to fill. Having 8.75 crores in their purse, RCB completed their full squad of 25 players in the team.
The costliest player brought by RCB in the auction was England batsman Will Jacks with an amount of 3.2 Cr. England’s left-arm seamer Reece Topley was the other one to whom RCB spend more than a crore in the auction (1.9 Cr). RCB also bought five uncapped Indian players to complete the squad.
Out of the 25 players in the squad, 17 are Indians and 8 are foreigners. 8 of these players are appearing for the league for the first time.
Faf du Plessis will continue to lead the side this year. Being the most popular team in the IPL, RCB will try to snatch their first IPL trophy this time. The tournament will kick-start on March 31st and RCB will play their first match against the five-time champions Mumbai Indians on April 2nd at Bengaluru.
RCB Squad for IPL 2023
Faf Du Plessis (Captain), Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dinesh Karthik, Shahbaz Ahmad, Josh Hazlewood, Akash Deep, Mahipal Lomror, Suyash Prabhudessai, Finn Allen, Karn Sharma, David Willey, Rajat Patidar, Siddharth Kaul, Will Jacks, Reece Topley, Anuj Rawat, Rajan Kumar, Avinash Singh, Sonu Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Manoj Bhandage, Himanshu Sharma.
RCB – Players bought in the IPL auction
Will Jacks (Rs 3.2 crore), Reece Topley (Rs 1.9 crore), Rajan Kumar (Rs 70 lakh), Avinash Singh (Rs 60 lakh), Sonu Yadav (Rs 20 lakh), Manoj Bhandage (Rs 20 lakh) and Himanshu Sharma (Rs 20 lakh).
Winning Chances of RCB in IPL 2023
RCB showcased a decent performance in the last year’s IPL as they qualified for the playoffs by winning 8 matches out of the 13 they played. They beat Lucknow Super Giants in the eliminator but failed to defeat Rajasthan Royals in Qualifier 2.
With experienced players like Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis, Dinesh Karthik, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Hazlewood, Reece Topley, and many others, RCB will surely mark victory in this season.
The Indian Premier League is around the corner and the Royal Challengers will begin their practice sessions from March 25th onwards in Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. The team is looking forward to following the concept of CSK this time by allowing the fans to see the practice session in the stadium.