Team : Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB).
Event: IPL 5
Team Rating : ****
Auction Rating: ***** (They Got Mr.Run Machine)
Major In's : Gayle (Retained), Vinay Kumar
Major Outs's : -.
EPl Comparision Team: Arsenal (Easy on the eye but dont want to be tagged the One man Team)
Starting XI(Prob) - Gayle, Dilshan, Kholi, ABD, Tiwary, Pujara/Kaif/agarwal/Karthik, Vettori, Z Khan, Aravind, Vinay, Mohammed.
Vijay Mallya's Kingfisher airlines aint flying great, his F1 team aint burning rubber but his RCB can sure do both and do it in style. Last year RCB almost had one hand on the trophy but coudnt contain the Juggernaut i.e., the Super Kings. For a team that once was branded a test team, RCB surely must start this season as one of the favorites. With Chris Gayle(Prob the best batsman in this format) , Kholi (beyond superlatives ), Dilshan(on his day can match gayle), ABD(One for the keeps), Tiwari (Jr.Dhoni) RCB sure do pack a punch. The only problem I see is that they dont have a finisher in the mould of a dhoni or a pollard.
Strengths: Gayle and Kholi.
Weakness: Finisher / Brutal Hitter at 6/7.
Overall Batting Rating : ****
Bowling was their weak link last time but with Vinay and Murali they will be confident that they can win the IPL this time around. With Khan Vinay and Aravind they got 3 good Indian bowlers and with Captian Economical Vettori they got a world class spinner and they got good back ups in gayle, dilshan and mohammed.
Strengths : Have all bases Covered.
Weakness: Maybe, an out and out fast bowler.
Bowling rating : ****
OverAll : RCB shoild be confident about a good season and will hope its third time lucky for them having lost to CSK and DC and get the chokers tag off their chests.
Star Player :Gayle.
Preferred place : 1
Will be happy with :1.
What Fans dont want : Beaten by CSK.
Prediction : 3rd.