Power-packed RCB look to win their first title
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are one of the three IPL sides never to have won an IPL title -- Delhi and Punjab franchises being the other two -- and the fact that the India skipper Virat Kohli has been leading the franchise since 2013 makes their failure in winning an IPL title even more noticeable.
Although they made the play-offs last time after a gap of four years, RCB have failed to get their balance right over the last few years. Their middle-order has always been brittle and their batting has depended solely on the Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers duo in recent years.
With even one of the two failing, they have lacked a batsman who could take them to big totals.
This season though they have decided to strengthen it by including Australian hard-hitter Glenn Maxwell and Kerala batsmen Mohammed Azharuddeen, who scored a 37-ball century in Syed Mushtaq Ali T20s, and Sachin Baby.
Maxwell has been included to provide power-hitting option in the middle-order.
RCB have also bought New Zealand's bowling all-rounder Kyle Jamieson and Australia all-rounder Daniel Christian. Both can provide the impetus towards the end of the innings.
Source: SIFY with IANS inputs