The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) kicked off their 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign by beating the Mumbai Indians at the opening of the tournament. Confident after beating the defending champions, the team led by Virat Kohli will now face SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH), who knocked them out of the competition last year. RCB would like to avenge their loss in the IPL 2020 Eliminator when they face the team led by David Warner and several star players can help the team achieve the desired result and take two wins in two matches which will push them. at the top of the points table. Besides the usual suspects like skipper Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Yuzvendra Chahal, RCB also has uncapped players who can set the scene on fire.
Here are the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) players to watch:
Harshal Patel had a dream start to IPL 2021 by becoming the first bowler in tournament history to shoot a five-wicket shot against the Mumbai Indians. RCB, who suffered due to his deadly bowling issues for many years, was able to keep Mumbai Indians down to a lower than normal total and Harshal’s first five wicket transport in the shortest format played a major role there.
After his superb show, Kohli made it clear that he will become RCB’s “designated death bowler” this year. Harshal is currently second in the Purple Cap race and given the start he should only go further from here.
The left-handed opener was one of the 2020 IPL’s discoveries, scoring 473 points in 15 games, but missed the opener after testing positive for the coronavirus last month. However, just days before RCB’s opening game, Padikkal joined the squad after testing negative, but the squad didn’t rush him into the game XI. Padikkal has just had a fantastic season. National where he scored four consecutive centuries for Karnataka in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
In Padikkal’s absence, RCB sent Washington Sundar to open the sleeves, but the ploy didn’t work as it came out cheaply. Considering his exploits from last year and the type of form he finds himself in, Padikkal should return in the game XI and open the innings with Kohli.
Glenn Maxwell, who had a terrible outing last year and was later released, started his RCB journey with a bang, playing a key stroke beating the Mumbai Indians. After failing to hit a single six in the last set, Maxwell showed insight into the threat he can cause with the bat and cleared the ropes twice in his 39-of-28 shot.
Despite being a consistent player for Australia in white ball cricket, Maxwell has somehow been unable to meet the expectations of the IPL despite some significant moves, but given the start this could very well be his year.
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