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Royal Challengers Bangalore is among the most famous teams with premium players. It is a franchise cricket team representing Bangalore, Karnataka. The team was bought by Vijay Malaya under United Spirits at $111.6 Million, competing against the highest IPL bid by Reliance Industries on the Mumbai Indians ($111.9Million).

Vijay Malaya wanted RCB IPL team to be named either Royal Challenger or McDowell’s in the inaugural year. The primary motive here was to associate the team name with his liquor-brands. After multiple discussions, the Royal Challengers Bangalore was chosen as the final name.

The RCB IPL team has a powerful logo with an attacking tiger representing the power and loyalty associated with the squad. This was also a visual mimic of the feelings you would get after consuming Vijay Malay’s alcoholic beverage.

Over the years, the Royal Challengers team performance has been quite unsatisfactory. They are frequently questioned as to why the squad is not able to win a single IPL trophy. The Royal Challengers Bangalore is led by Virat Kohli, the current captain of the Indian Cricket team.  There were rumors of him leaving the team, to which Virat clarified by saying, “I’ll never leave RCB regardless of how we play.”.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore team fans are upset by the team’s continuous dropping performance even though RCB IPL 2020 team managed to make it to the top 4 for the first time ever. They have been waiting for a decade to see the team win. We are hoping that this IPL season, the Royal Challengers Bangalore players must perform fiercely to revive their fans’ lost energy and remove the tag of “Underachievers” from their name.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Team History

In the inaugural year itself, the Royal Challengers Bangalore team had a bad start. The team was under the captainship of Rahul Dravid. He made a team of extraordinary cricketers like Anil Kumble, Cameron White, Dale Steyn, Mark Boucher, Zaheer Khan, and Jacques Kallis. He was heavily criticized for his player selection and poor team funds management.

The subsequent year was better for the Royal Challengers IPL team; they bought the costliest player Kevin Pietersen for a significant amount of $1.55 Million. There were many subsequent changes made by the Royal Challengers owners, which showed in the squad’s performance. Kevin Pietersen, who was assigned as an owner of the team, had to leave the match due to other national games, leading to an urgent need for a leader. Anil Kumble then came forward and efficiently handled the players. They even entered the finale but were defeated by Deccan Chargers.

Even in 2010, the Anil Kumble captaincy remained. The Royal Challengers Bangalore players had a mixed start. They lost their first match against the Kolkata Knight Riders but eventually picked up momentum and consecutively won 4 games. The Royal Challengers players stumbled in between and lost various games. They also entered the play-off but were checkmated by the unstoppable Mumbai Indians.

 Now, here is the Virat Kohli season. Virat has been an influential player even a decade ago; his aggression in his game was the primary reason for his incredibly high popularity. In 2011, the BCCI asked team owners to only retain a maximum of four players. The Royal Challengers Bangalore owners only retained Virat Kohli and gave away all the auction players. That year, RCB had a difficult start, but they covered the losses in between. However, the squad couldn’t enter the playoffs by a single point.

In both 2012 & 2013, the Royal Challengers Bangalore games started slow but were ignited after Chris Gayle’s return. He also hit 5 consecutive sixes against Rahul Sharma. Even after such high-class performances, the RCB couldn’t qualify for the playoffs.

The team bumped in 2014, Virat Kohli was now the official face of the Royal Challengers Bangalore team. He could not bring the team’s efforts together to win the IPL trophy. After six years, the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad touched the bottom.

2015 & 2016, was a better year for RCB. Virat Kohli started to show up his magic. AB de Villiers and Yuzvendra Chahal were in their best form. In 2015, they qualified for the play-off but were defeated to go in the finale. However, the following year, the Royal Challengers Bangalore players crossed that boundary and entered the finale for the third time.

In the last few years (2017, 2018, & 2019), RCB has gone downhill. They were ranked at the bottom, and Virat Kohli’s captainship was questioned. Even their winning percentage didn’t cross the average.

However, we saw commendable improvement in the Royal Challengers Bangalore 2020 IPL team. They had a mixed start but earned 7 wins out of 14. Devdutt Padikkal scored 473 runs in his first IPL innings. RCB’s favorite Yuzvendra Chahal was able to pick 21 wickets. The RCB IPL 2020 team did their best and entered the playoff; however, it was defeated by Sunrisers Hyderabad.

This year, we hope to see some commendable performances by the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad. And, we wish in our hearts for them to conquer the IPL 2021 trophy.

 Royal Challengers Bangalore Owner

The Royal Challengers IPL team is solely owned by United Spirits. It is the second-largest alcoholic beverage company headquartered in Bangalore, Karnataka. The United Spirit exports its product to more than 37 countries. This journey started long-back in 1826 when Angus McDowell launched McDowell and company, which imported Tabaco, liquor, and other products to India.

Vijay Malaya’s father, Vittal Malaya, purchased McDowell in 1951. The company did well in producing quality alcohol and was a preferred choice for people. In 1973, Vijay Malaya took over the company and implemented strategic measures.  Fast-forward to 2006, McDowell & Co limited, Triumph Distillers and Vintners Private Limited, Herbertsons Limited, Shaw Wallace Distilleries Limited, Baramati Grape Industries India Limited, and four others were merged and named United Spirits.

In 2013-14, Diageo acquired 54.85% of the United Spirits Ltd and became its highest shareholder. However, with Vijay Malaya’s rising controversy led to his resignation from the chairmanship and non-executive director post, he now has no control over the team.

Even with such low performances, the Royal Challengers Bangalore has made 313 crores in IPL 2019. Reports have confirmed that the United Spirits has completed 10% of its operating profit through Royal Challengers Bangalore’s performance in the IPL. Sanjeev Chriwala, the CFO at USL, quoted, “Exponential growth in commercial partnership revenue due to a strategic shift from just monetizing jersey real estate to player time cost, and moving from just ticket revenue to match-day income with initiatives aimed at increasing gross margin per seat.”

The report published by Duffs & Phelps mentioned that the Royal Challengers IPL team receives high revenue mainly because of Virat Kohli and other high-end promotional investors. They understand the value of his face. The Royal Challengers owners will continue to get incredible profit due to their intrusive strategies.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Players

The Royal Challengers team has been very inconsistent with their performance. They need to find ways to beat their competitors and bring that IPL trophy home. Last year, the Royal Challenger Bangalore team 2020 was able to qualify for the playoffs but was knocked down by the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore owner spent a massive amount of Rs. 21.50 crore in the IPL 2020 auction. They released 12 players and bought Christopher Morris (Rs 10 crore), Aaron Finch (Rs 4.4 crore), Kane Richardson (Rs 4 crore), Dale Steyn (Rs 2 crore), Isuru Udana (Rs 50 Lakhs), Shahbaz Ahamad (Rs 20 Lakhs), Joshua Philippe (Rs 20 Lakhs) and Pavan Deshpande (Rs 20 Lakhs).

The Royal Challengers Bangalore 2020 team had a squad of high-performing batsmen, including Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Gurkeerat Mann, Virat Kohli, and AB De Villiers.

Also, the Royal Challengers owners made sure that the squad is fully-packed with premium bowlers to quickly pick out wickets and not allow any batsman of the opposite team to stick on the pitch. These players were Isuru Udana, Dale Steyn, Kane Richardson, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Mohammed Siraj.

There were also six all-rounders, including Pavan Deshpande, Chris Morris, Shivam Dube, Pawan Negi, and Moeen Ali, in the Royal Challengers Bangalore 2020 team balance in the squad.

Royal Challengers Statistics for IPL 2021

The Royal Challengers fans are extremely loyal to their team. Even after continuous disappointment, they have built up a vast fan base.  They have a strong Instagram following of 5.8 Million with 2 Million subscribers on YouTube and 4.2 followers on Twitter. That’s because the RCB matches are always excellent, with a nail-biting ending. We have accumulated their previous performances to give you precisely the team statistics.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore had a bad start. Under Rahul Dravid’s captainship, they would only win four matches out of 14, making the winning percentage as low as 28.57%. The RCB IPL team ranked 7th in the league.

After Anil Kumble became the leader of the Royal Challengers Bangalore players, the team gave a whopping result of 9 wins out of 16 matches. They qualified for the play-offs but were defeated by Deccan Chargers in the finale.  Their winning percentage boomed from 28.57% to 56.25%.

In 2010, the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad maintained the momentum. They earned seven matches out of 14, and their winning percentage was 50%. However, their ranking dropped from one point since last year (3rd)

The following year, the Royal Challengers Bangalore team was again in the finale. Virat Kohli served as a great captain, and the team was able to win ten matches and lost 5 of them (one was no-result). Their winning percentage improved to 66.67%. Again, the team couldn’t win the IPL and was defeated by Chennai Super Kings.

In 2012, the Royal Challengers Bangalore could only win eight matches out of 15 (one game was no-result). Their team rank dropped to 5th, and the winning percentage was 53.34%.

Even in 2013, the RCB IPL team could not qualify for the play-offs and won 9 matches out of 16. However, the winning percentage rose to 56.25%. The Royal Challengers squad was again stuck at the 5th position.

The following year was not so great for the RCB squad. The team stumbled and lost nine matches out of 14. This was a significant loss, and RCB was ranked at the bottom (7th). Their winning percentage instantly dropped to 35.71%.

In 2015, the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad came back with full power. The team qualified for the play-offs but was defeated in the Chennai Super Kings’ eliminator round. They won 8 matches out of 14 (2 were declared no-results), cumulating a winning percentage of 50%.

Virat Kohli has been trying to win the finale for so long, and this was his third attempt. In 2016, the Royal Challengers Bangalore earned 16 pts by winning nine matches out of 16. However, the team still couldn’t win the IPL and lost against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. 

The last few years (2017, 2018, 2019) have been challenging for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. In all three years, the team was at the bottom. Their winning percentage was 21.43%, 42.85%, and 38.46%, respectively.

However, the Royal Challenger 2020 team was fierce and willing to win. They also entered the playoff but were defeated by the Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets. The Royal Challengers Bangalore 2020 IPL squad won 7 games out of 14, improving their winning percentage from 38.46% to 50%.

In total, the Royal Challengers Bangalore have won 89 matches out of 196 games and were a three-time runner-up. Their average winning percentage is 47.13%,

Royal Challengers Bangalore Squad for IPL 2021

The Royal Challengers Bangalore has their first match scheduled on 9th April 2021 in the MA Chidambaram stadium. This time, the RCB fans are raving to have their favorite team listed on the winner wall of the IPL. The Royal Challengers Bangalore owners have also applied definite strategies to bring out the team’s best version.

The management has spent a massive amount of 35.05 crores on the IPL 2021. Their most significant bid was on two all-rounder players Kyle Jamieson and the evergreen-Glenn Maxwell.

This season, the RCB fans will not see Umesh Yadav, Parthiv Patel, Dale Steyn, Shivam Dube, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Pawan Negi, Isuru Udana, Chris Morris, and Aaron Finch in the team matches.

The Royal Management owners have retained Virat Kohli, Pavan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahmed, Josh Phillippe, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, Mohmmad Siraj, Washington Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, AB De Villiers to play for the upcoming IPL games.

Royal Challengers IPL Team 2021 Bought Players

  • Kyle Jamieson (All-Rounder) – Rs. 15 crores
  • Glenn Maxwell (All-Rounder) – Rs. 14.25 crore
  • Dan Christian (All-Rounder)- Rs. 4.8 crore
  • Sachin Baby (Batsman) Rs. 20 lakhs
  • Rajat Patidar (Batsman)- Rs. 20 lakhs
  • Mohammed Azharuddeen (Wicket-Keeper)- Rs. 20 lakhs
  • Suyash Prabhudessai (All-Rounder) – Rs. 20 lakhs
  • Kona Srikar Bharat (Wicket Keeper)- 20 Lakh

Royal Challengers IPL team 2021

Captain- Virat Kohli


  • Devdutt Padikkal
  • Suyash Prabhudessai
  • Rajat Patidar
  • Sachin Baby


  • Navdeep Saini
  • Kane Richardson
  • Yuzvendra Chahal
  • Mohammed Siraj
  • Adam Zampa


  • Kyle Jamieson
  • Pavan Deshpande
  • Washington Sundar
  • Harshal Patel
  • Glenn Maxwell
  • Daniel Christian
  • Shahbaz Ahmed
  • Daniel Sams


  • Kona Srikar Bharat
  • Mohammed Azharuddeen
  • Finn Allen
  • Abraham Benjamin de Villiers

Royal Challengers Bangalore Squad- Players to watch out in IPL 2021

  • Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli is the face of RCB; his aggressiveness to win on the ground pumps up the entire team and brings confidence in the audience. In his whole IPL journey, he has made over 5878 runs, and we are expecting an outstanding performance this year.

  • Kyle Jamieson

The Royal Challengers Bangalore has put a massive amount of 15 crores to bring Kyle Jamieson on the table. He plays for New Zealand and gathered attention through his performance against the West Indies in 2020. Kyle Jamieson’s graph is impressive, and he must bring good wickets for the RCB.

  • AB de Villiers

AB de Villiers is one of the most experienced players of the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He is a complete package with superior batting skills, commendable Feilding, and also a decent wicketkeeper. De Villiers has made over 4849 runs cumulatively in his IPL journey, of which 454 was scored last year in just 15 matches.

  • Glenn Maxwell

Glen Maxwell was the second-highest bid for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.  Last year, he played for the Delhi Capitals, where he made 108 runs and picked three wickets. Glen Maxwell is a complete all-rounder and will accelerate the winning chance for the RCB team.

  • Yuzvendra Chahal

Yuzvendra Chahal is a commendable spinner and is the first Indian bowler to have achieved a five-wicket haul in the T20s. In his entire IPL journey, he has picked over 121 wickets and is expected to maintain the momentum and perform better.


  • Is RCB changing its name?

The RCB has changed their logo on their social media handles, with Bangalore missing. The latest logo suggests that the term “Bangalore” might switch into “Bengaluru” in the coming 13th season. The RCB fans are getting curious about this new update, and people are making their assumptions of this sudden un-notified change.

  • Did RCB won any IPL final?

Royal Challengers Bangalore team still hasn’t touched the IPL trophy yet but has reached the finale three times.

  • What is the logo of RCB?

The RCB has recently launched a new logo that represents an aggressive-hungry tiger. On 14th Feb 2020, the RCB official released the latest logo quoting, “Embodying the bold pride and the challenger spirit, we have unleashed the rampant lion returning him to the Royal lineage. New Decade, New RCB, and this is our new logo”.

  • Why did RCB release Morris?

Last year, in IPL 2020 auction, Chris Morris was bought for ten crores which was a very high amount for the management. However, he could not out-perform well and was last released back to the auction. They were interested in taking him if the price had gone down.

  • What is the salary of Virat Kohli in IPL?

Virat Kohli is offered the highest salary of 17 crores every IPL season. However, its total IPL salary is 143.2 crore which is slightly less than MS Dhoni (150 crores).

  • Which players did RCB buy?

The Royal Challengers Bangalore owners bid the maximum amount on Kyle Jamieson (15 crores), Glenn Maxwell (Rs. 14.25 crore) & Daniel Christian (Rs 4.25 crore), Sachin Baby (20 Lakhs), Mohammed Azharuddeen (Rs 20 Lakhs), KS Bharat (Rs 20 Lakhs), and Suryansh Prabhudessai (Rs 20 Lakhs).

  • Is RCB the worst team in IPL?

The Royal Challengers squad is not in its best form. Their fans are curious about why the team isn’t performing well even with the best players. We cannot categorize it as worst, but let’s see if this IPL season, the RCB comes out of its bubble.

  • Is RCB qualified?

Yes, RCB is a team definitely qualified to play for this IPL season. The Royal Challengers owners have entirely revamped the team strategies and hope to win the IPL trophy.

  • Which players did RCB retain before the 2021 auctions?

The RCB IPL 2020 team players include Virat Kohli, Pavan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahmed, Josh Phillippe, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, Mohmmad Siraj, Washington Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, AB De Villiers.

  • Who were the players released by RCB before the 2021 auctions?

The Royal Challengers Bangalore owners released Umesh Yadav, Parthiv Patel, Dale Steyn, Shivam Dube, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Pawan Negi, Isuru Udana, Chris Morris, and Aaron Finch for the 13th IPL season.

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