Royal Challengers Bangalore is the Bangalore franchise team in the Indian Premier League. The team came into existence during the inception of the IPL in 2008 and is owned by flamboyant Indian liquor baron, Dr Vijay Mallya through his flagship, UB Groups; having spent 111.6 million US Dollars to acquire the franchise. The team has been coached under Ray Jennings and has seen an array of captains. Though Ray Jennings has been the coach for RCB, the bowling department has been given into the hands of veteran Indian fast bowler, Venkatesh Prasad.
M Chinnaswamy stadium of Bangalore has served as the home ground for Royals for all their outings during the IPL, except for the second season when owing to elections; IPL has been shifted to South Africa. During its 5 years of IPL existence, Royal Challengers Bangalore, more popularly called as RCB, have been one of the most competitive teams since they have managed to reach the play-offs in 3 out of 5 seasons and been the runners up for 2009 and 2011 IPL seasons. During 2011, RCB even managed to reach ICC Champions League finals. Royals have qualified for the ICC Champions League thrice in the last five years.
Currently, captained by Virat Kohli, Royal Challengers Bangalore was captained by legendary Indian batsman Rahul Dravid during the inaugural IPL. The second season saw Anil Kumble and Englishmen Kevin Pieterson handle the reigns of the team. New Zealand spinner, Daniel Vettori captained the side during IPL 4 and also during Champions League of that year. With arrival of Chris Gayle in their side, Royals never looked same. During the 2011 ipl schedule, Chris Gayle came as replacement for Dirk Nannes, having served Kolkata Knight Riders in his earlier IPL appearances. Though Gayle didn’t fire with KKR, he scorched the IPL platform in his return match with a 55 ball unbeaten century to make RCB one of the most dreaded teams in the IPL.
For 6th ipl schedule, Virat Kohli is expected to lead the side with Chris Gayle in their team squad along with 18 other players who have been retained by RCB. Besides Gayle, 5 more overseas players are present in the team squad. Further, the auctions for sixth Indian Premier League, to be taken place on February 3 in Chennai, may see more faces in the RCB team squad with 2.7 million USD money purse left with the team.
|Apr 4, 2013||20:00||14:30||RCB vs MI, 2nd IPL (D/N)||Bangalore|
|Apr 7, 2013||20:00||14:30||Hyderabad vs RCB, 7th IPL (D/N)||Hyderabad|
|Apr 9, 2013||16:00||10:30||RCB vs Hyderabad, 9th IPL (D/N)||Bangalore|
|Apr 11, 2013||16:00||10:30||RCB vs KKR, 12th IPL (D/N)||Bangalore|
|Apr 13, 2013||20:00||14:30||CSK vs RCB, 16th IPL (D/N)||Chennai|
|Apr 16, 2013||20:00||14:30||RCB vs DD, 21st IPL (D/N)||Bangalore|
|Apr 20, 2013||20:00||14:30||RCB vs RR, 27th IPL (D/N)||Bangalore|
|Apr 23, 2013||16:00||10:30||RCB vs Pune, 31st IPL (D/N)||Bangalore|
|Apr 27, 2013||20:00||14:30||MI vs RCB, 37th IPL (D/N)||Mumbai|
|Apr 29, 2013||16:00||10:30||RR vs RCB, 40th IPL (D/N)||Jaipur|
|May 2, 2013||20:00||14:30||Pune vs RCB, 46th IPL (D/N)||Pune|
|May 6, 2013||20:00||14:30||KXIP vs RCB, 51st IPL (D/N)||Mohali|
|May 10, 2013||20:00||14:30||DD vs RCB, 57th IPL (D/N)||Delhi|
|May 12, 2013||16:00||10:30||KKR vs RCB, 60th IPL (D/N)||Ranchi|
|May 14, 2013||16:00||10:30||RCB vs KXIP, 63rd IPL (D/N)||Bangalore|
|May 18, 2013||20:00||14:30||RCB vs CSK, 70th IPL (D/N)||Bangalore|