Royal Challengers Bangalore has been one of the most popular franchises in the IPL with a large no of fan base throughout the globe but they are one of the most unsuccessful franchises also. In the 12 seasons so far, Royal Challengers Bangalore has managed to reach in the three finals so far but for their efforts they have nothing to show in their trophy cabinet.
Although they had a captain in the form of Virat Kohli, India’s most successful test captain, and a 360-degree player, AB de Villiers, along with Mr. T20, Chris Gayle, in their ranks. RCB never managed to win the trophy. There was also an era when these three machines of destruction played together. But, RCB somehow or the other, couldn’t just cross the finishing line.
The pressure of being a heavy-weight also worked against them in a couple of seasons as they finished with wooden spoon in 2017 and 2019 whereas on 6th position in 2018.
RCB’s poor auction strategy has also played a hand in the RCB’s poor run so far. In almost every season, RCB has gone after the star players, spending a hefty amount after just player and that has left them with either a poor bowling attack or a weakened batting line up.
Reflecting on the RCB’s poor track record in auction strategy, Parthiv Patel, RCB’s wicket-keeper batsman, made an interesting revelation during a recent interview with Fancode. Recalling the Jasprit Bumrah’s maiden auction, Indian wicketkeeper-batsman revealed that he told Virat Kohli to bid for Jasprit Bumrah in that season. However, it was always Mumbai Indians who were keen on getting Bumrah under their radar and they also ended up snapping the speedster.
“I told Virat that this is the guy, we should be picking him! But obviously, Mumbai Indians outwitted RCB and he went to Mumbai Indians,” Parthiv Patel was quoted as saying by Fancode.
Bumrah, eventually, ended up representing Mumbai Indians and became the leader of pack in a couple of seasons after that. Bumrah is one of the rarest bolwers, who could bowl almost every variation that exists in fast bowling at present. In an IPL career spanning over 77 matches, Bumrah has scalped 82 wickets at an economy of 7.55.