Virat Kohli! It is not just a name, it is a chant or you can say a mantra for the cricket fans! And not just the cricket fans, it is the energy booster for an IPL team – Royal Challengers Bangalore!
RCB is the IPL group yet to win the trophy since its origin in 2008, alongside the Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab. It is an unmistakable difference for the Chennai Super Kings and the Mumbai Indians. Both these teams have won the IPL trophy multiple times.
However, RCB finished IPL as runners up on three seasons: 2009, 2011 and 2016.
The start of Kohli in RCB
In 2008, Rahul Dravid led RCB. Kevin Pietersen and Anil Kumble led the team in 2009/2010, Daniel Vettori in 2011 and 2012. After that, Virat Kohli accepted the role of captaincy for the team. Shane Watson additionally led the group in just 3 matches in 2017. Virat Kohli has not been fruitful for RCB, in contrast to what he produces for the Indian Cricket Team.
Virat Kohli has led his IPL team RCB in 96 matches. Under Kohli, RCB lost 47 matches, more than half. They tied in 2 matches and 3 matches delivered no-result.
RCB results in IPL under Kohli’s captaincy
- 8th in 2017 and 2019;
- 6th position in 2018.
- runners up in 2016;
- playoffs in 2015;
- 7th in 2014
- 5th in 2013
RCB’s love for their skipper Kohli
Virat Kohli has been playing for RCB since 2008 and was assigned as the skipper of the group in IPL 2013. Despite failure as the skipper of the team, he has led the Indian group to victories in numerous matches and is, as of now, one of the highest level Indian batsmen in all cricket formats. Since October 2017, he has been the top-ranked ODI batsman. This appeared by his records in white ball. He has scored 11867 runs in 248 ODIs at an average of 59.34. He has 43 centuries in his name. His average in tests and T20Is is more than 50 which shows his mastery in cricket.
RCB has a talented and experienced crew for IPL 2020 including AB De Villiers, Dale Steyn, Moeen Ali, Aaron Finch, and Chris Morris. These are the foreign members along with the Indian talents boosting their skills such as Shivam Dube, Parthiv Patel, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Washington Sundar, and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Virat Kohli was on an intensely hot form during the period of 2016 as the group wrapped up the tournament as runners up. He smashed 973 runs at an average of 81.08 in just 16 matches. It was the greatest total record of any player in 2016. He won the orange cap after hitting four centuries and seven fifties that year.
In IPL 2020, RCB and the fans trust that Virat repeats his performance. The group is hoping to lay their hands on the trophy for the first time.