IPL 2018: Pre-tournament Best XI for Royal Challengers Bangalore

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers
Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers
Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock

One team that always has had the flamboyance and the flare since the inception of Indian Premier League is Royal Challengers Bangalore. It has possessed star-studded line-ups in every season but opposite to the expectations, the franchise has not added a single trophy to its cabinet.

Before this year’s auction, they went the predictable way by retaining Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers but a surprise retention came in the form of Sarfaraz Khan. Batting has never been an issue with RCB and it’s always been the bowling that has let them down. So this year, they bagged some quality bowlers and the side looks a well-balanced one.

Here’s the best XI for Royal Challengers Bangalore

#1 Quinton de Kock

The South African batsman was picked up for INR 2.8 crores by Royal Challengers Bangalore from the auction. Although he doesn’t have a great IPL record but does have a few good numbers to show. He represented Delhi Daredevils last year and now has big shoes to fill in for RCB.

The Bangalore-based franchise opted not to go for Chris Gayle this time around, someone who had been an integral part of the setup for a number of years. Gayle has been a massive crowd-puller over the years and now, de Kock will have to play that role. The left-hander likes the ball coming onto the bat and the Chinnaswamy track could just be the one to put him on the map.

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