The curtains have been drawn on the auction of the IPL 2018 and all the franchises have readied their squads to compete for the title later in the year. Royal Challengers Bangalore have been one of the strongest teams in the past 10 seasons but a title has alluded them despite being finalists thrice. They have tried to reshape the squad and tried to increase the depth, making them strong contenders yet again!
Here is the new RCB after the auction on 27th and 28th of January.
Total players: 24
Overseas players: 8
Batsmen: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Brendon McCullum, Mandeep Singh, Manan Vohra, Sarfaraz Khan, Pavan Deshpande, Aniruddha Joshi
All-Rounders: Colin de Grandhomme, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar
Wicket-keepers: Quinton de Kock, Parthiv Patel
Bowlers: Umesh Yadav, Yuzuvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Tim Southee, Nathan Coulter-Nile, M Ashwin, Aniket Choudhary, Kulwant Khejroliya, Navdeep Saini
Probable XI: Brendon McCullum, Quinton de Kock, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Pawan Negi/Washington Sundar, Chris Woakes, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzuvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav
Final Verdict: A deep squad with varied options available
While Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Sarfaraz Khan were retained by the owners, Chahal and Pawan Negi were brought into the squad using the Right To Match card. They decided to let go of their star batsman of the past 7 seasons, Chris Gayle, who seems to be in the twilight of his career at the moment.
The current squad has the potential to provide the required balance to the team depending on the requirement. Chris Woakes, de Grandhomme and Moeen Ali can be played according to the nature of the wicket on which the match is being played. There is a right blend of players with experience and youngsters, with Virat Kohli ready to lead them yet again.
As predicted, there has been an attempt to increase the number of all-rounders in the squad, increasing the range of both batting and bowing.