Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal at the top, with Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers to follow, RCB’s batting lineup can give a nightmare to any opposition. The team played exceptional cricket in the first leg and won five of their seven games. The likes of Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers had terrific outings with the bat and played pivotal roles in the wins.
Meanwhile, the franchise has roped in a few new faces after several of their players pulled out of the remaining matches. Among the new recruit are Singapore batsman Tim David, Sri Lanka spinner Wanindu Hasaranga and pacer Dushmantha Chameera.
Tim David brings a lot of T20 experience with him. A fairly unknown name at the international arena, Tim David has played in different T20 leagues all around the globe and comes with a reputation of someone who can tonk the ball miles.
David was part of the Surrey side in the recent Royal London One Day Cup and notched up scores of 140*, 52* and 102. In the sixth edition of the PSL 6, David played for Lahore Qalandars and scored 180 runs in 6 games at an average of 45.
RCB coach Mike Hesson was all praise for Tim David and said he can be a perfect replacement for AB de Villiers or Glenn Maxwell if required.
“With Finn Allen leaving, we have decided to strengthen our middle-order possibilities, in terms of options, so Tim David has joined our squad. He is currently part of the Southern Brave [at the Hundred], he has been performing for Surrey and also Hobart Hurricanes in recent times – a power player. He could become a direct swap for either [Glenn] Maxwell or AB de Villiers if required, also gives us other options throughout the order,” Hesson, who will also serve as RCB’s director of operations, said.