The Indian Premier League 2018 is a carnival that offers entertainment, drama, and hopes. The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) were one such team that entered into the league carrying a bundle of hopes.
Having completed a decade of journey, RCB had provided their fans with numerous memories, those humongous sixes from Gayle’s bat, hurling through the roof-tops of Chinnaswamy, the time when AB de Villiers decided to treat his Proteas teammate Dale Steyn as a mere mortal, those unrealistic comebacks under the captaincy of Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli, the heartbreak of reaching the finals thrice and falling short each time, were now all part of the history books and yet as Andy Dufresne told Red in The Shawshank Redemption - Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things and, no good thing ever dies, the inextinguishable flame of lifting the trophy continued to burn. …
Like all good things that come to an end, so has the Indian Premier League, 2018, after nearly 8 weeks of enthralling encounters Chennai Super Kings have been crowned the champions of IPL 2018.
The journey to the playoffs was smooth for both SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Chennai Super Kings, while the snake and ladder game for the remaining two spots continued with as many as five teams — Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Mumbai Indians (MI), Rajasthan Royals(RR), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) competing, with Rajasthan and Kolkata ultimately coming through.
Midway into the league, IPL faced a big scare of a possible fall in viewership, as SRH, CSK, KKR, KXIP looked like certainties to make it to the playoffs, resulting in numerous dead rubbers with plenty of time left in the league stage. As the tournament progressed, a loss in momentum for KXIP, Buttler serving wins to Rajasthan and RCB finally finding the right combination or as was thought, resulted in a wide-open tournament with Delhi Daredevils being the only team to fall out of contention for the playoffs early, this clearly depicted that teams were struggling to find the right combination. …
Another year , another IPL season has passed by. The Indian Premier League is a festival of cricket that is enjoyed not only by millions of Indians , but also by cricket fans worldwide. That 158 runs scored by Brendon McCullum in the very 1st innings of the IPL back in 2008 in Bengaluru, set the stage for the most glamorous cricketing tournament in the world. The popularity of this league has been such that the value of broadcast rights has almost doubled even though the duration of rights has been halved from 10 to 5 years.The …
“Ee Sala Cup Namde”(Translation: This time,the title is ours) — You would have probably heard this chant , increasingly as the new IPL season is about to begin , on various social media platforms , by the fans of the IPL franchise from Namma Bengaluru , “ Royal Challengers Bangalore “ (RCB) .
This is not a season by season review , but a breakdown of their journey through the years.
In 2008 , Vijay Mallya , once a resident of India , bought the RCB franchise for US$111.6m , the 2nd most costliest team. Rahul Dravid was the designated icon player for the franchise and was made the captain of the team. The team assembled by the management was ridiculed as a ‘test team’ by the critics , due to the inclusion of several test specialists like Wasim Jaffer , Shivnarine Chanderpaul , Sunil Joshi ,Anil Kumble , Jacques Kallis etc., The season never went well for RCB ,and they finished in 7th position.
Perhaps the greatest piece of luck(in hindsight,at least) in RCB’s auction history , was the signing of the young Under19 World Cup winning Captain of India , Virat Kohli. The fact was that Delhi Daredevils chose Pradeep Sangwan as their uncapped player pick , rather than the other Delhi boy Kohli. Perhaps in hindsight , DD might be regretting that move the most.
In 2009 , Mallya wanted a revamp and got the flamboyant Kevin Pietersen for a value of US$1.55m and made him the captain of the team(It’s another fact that after 6 matches KP left the team to play for his national side , and Anil Kumble assumed the captain duties).They also got the 2 Karnataka boys — Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey , along with the Kiwi Jesse Ryder.
While picking of Kohli in 2008 might have been lucky , the greatest team management decision came in 2011 , when not only was the single retained player of the squad was Virat Kohli , they also got AB de Villiers. Chris Gayle , the calypso king of the Caribbean, was bought in as a replacement for Dirk Nannes midway through the season.These …
Match 52, IPL 2015.
A rain curtailed match between the Sun Risers Hyderabad (SRH) and the Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB), SRH have set a target of 135 in 11 overs with Moises Henriques smashing 57 from 22 balls and Warner 50 of 30, rain intervenes again.
Clock strikes 12.15 AM, the crowd have stayed put in spite of incessant rain, out come Gayle and Kohli to chase what looks like an unattainable target.
81 required off 36 balls. (D/L method)
Cut to the final over, RCB have scored 68/3 losing Gayle 35(14), de Villiers 0(1) and Mandeep Singh 1(3). …