IPL 2022: Can The Most Popular Team RCB Win Their First IPL Title?

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IPL 2022: Can The Most Popular Team RCB Win Their
The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is now underway, with 10 clubs competing for the trophy. With the addition of two new teams, the Gujarat Titans and the Lucknow Super Giants, the competition has grown more competitive than ever, and getting into the top four will be a challenge for the teams this year.

Royal Challengers Bangalore, squad known for delivering frightening batting orders, made a strong showing at the auction table this year. Bangalore spent a massive 55.45 crore out of their entire budget on nineteen players at this year's auction.


Bangalore found some stability by qualifying for the playoffs for the last two seasons after being knocked out for a hat trick in 2017, 2018, and 2019. With a new season underway and a new group of players on the roster, clubs' quest to reach the top four has become even more challenging.

There's no denying that Bangalore has a well-balanced roster for this season, and that with the right attitude, they can use their methods on any given day. Bangalore's tumultuous batting order has been one of the team's assets since the start of the IPL. This franchise has featured players such as Chris Gayle, Kevin Petersen, and Ab De Villers. At the auction, they were able to get hitters like Faf Du Plessis and Dinesh Karthik, as well as emerging Indian stars like Anuj Rawat and Mahipal Lomror.

Bangalore surprised everyone by releasing players like Yuzvendra Chahal and Devdutt Padikal. Captain Faf Du Plessis and Virat Kohli are the leading contenders to begin the innings in the absence of Devdutt Padikkal. Faf was the league's second-highest run scorer the previous season, with 4,714 twenty-20 runs to his credit. Now that Faf has assumed the leadership role, it will be fascinating to observe how he manages his batting. Anuj Rawat, 23, is likely to take over as the franchise's number three player.

Anuj had previously played for Rajasthan Royals and has a domestic average of above 30. Furthermore, Anuj provides them with a backup wicketkeeper in the event that Karthik suffers an injury. The Bangalore batting order is much more adaptable with Glenn Maxwell in the middle and Dinesh Karthik as the finisher. With the bowl in his hand, left-handed Mahipal Lomror may also play aggressor and offer a number of overs.

Bangalore, like any flowers, has a flaw in their line-up. Despite having a stable batting order, Bangalore failed to invest in appropriate backup options for their domestic batting. They only selected three uncapped Indian hitters in their line-up, which can be a problem throughout the course of a season. They have bought international players like Finn Alenn and Sherfane Rutherford, but can you truly trust them to deliver on any given day?

When it comes to batting, Bangalore is a force to be reckoned with, but their bowling is underdeveloped. This season, though, this is not the case. In this year's auction, Bangalore went all-in to improve their bowling attack, allocating over 35 crores to the bowlers. At the auction, they also managed to keep Harshal Patel and Wanindu Hasaranga for an astounding sum of 10.75 crores.

Harshal Patel, the franchise's current purple-cap holder, will be in charge of the bowling attack. Last season, the right-arm bowler took 32 wickets and was instrumental in Bangalore's triumph. Furthermore, Mohammed Siraj, who put on a fantastic performance of death bowling last season, is anticipated to contribute with the bowl this time around. With the calibre of Josh Hazlewood, David Willey, and Jason Behrendroff, Bangalore boasts a solid mix of international seam bowlers.

In terms of their spin department, they may rely on Sri Lankan leg-spinners. Hasaranga Wanindu was the top wicket-taker in the World T20 2021, with sixteen wickets. He can also hit the ball into the bleachers, which is a plus. In the spin department, they have Karn Sharma and Shabaz Ahmed to assist Wanindu.

RCB: Most Popular Team in Asia

According to the current Deportes&Finanzas rankings, RCB is Asia's Most Popular Sports Team.

While Indian Premier League titans like Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings are active on social media, RCB has surpassed them in terms of fan involvement. The club, who was captained by Virat Kohli until the 2021 season, has never won the final, but it has a devoted fanbase that constantly backs them up.

Deportes&Finanzas announced the rankings on their Twitter account, where they presented the most popular sports teams from each continent. It may come as a surprise to some fans, but RCB is the most popular sports team in Asia, according to the rankings. Manchester United topped the European social public sphere. The ranking was determined by the amount of time fans spent on social media.

FANBASE AND SUPPORT

The Royal Challengers Bangalore is one of the most popular teams in the Indian Premier League, despite the fact that they have yet to win a title. On three occasions, RCB has finished second 2009, 2011, and 2016.

The Royal Challengers have a large and devoted fan base throughout India, particularly in Bangalore. The supporters, who are known for their passionate devotion, frequently show out in great numbers for RCB's home matches, creating the stadium into a "sea of red." Their chanting of "R-C-B, R-C-B" and "A-B-D, A-B-D" for their favourite batsman AB de Villiers, as well as the co-ordinated Mexican wave at the Chinnaswamy, are well-known. The stadium organisers also offer cheer kits, RCB flags, and air horns to the host team's fans. Bold Army, a fan-following group for Royal Challengers Bangalore, has been created.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore became the first team in the 2014 IPL to offer free Wi-Fi to supporters at their home field. On match days at the Chinnaswamy, 50 access points were set up utilising fibre optic cables to give connectivity to supporters.

On paper, Royal Challengers Bangalore appears to be a competent and skilled team. They'll begin the season as one of the chances to win the title this year. Bangalore can undoubtedly win their first IPL title provided they have a well-balanced lineup and execute their strategies effectively. The IPL is expected to begin on March 26th, with the opening match taking place at Wankhede Stadium between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders.

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