Who are Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Most Notable Cricketers?
Royal Challengers Bangalore have boasted a big amount of star names over the years in their quest for IPL victory.
Though they haven’t yet managed it, the players to pull on their jerseys have given RCB fans some memorable moments.
The India superstar has been captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore since 2011.
He initially joining in the first season of the Premier League after captaining the India under-19 side to World Cup victory.
He played under Raul Dravid, Kevin Pietersen, Anil Kumble and Daniel Vittori before taking the reins himself.
No batsman has hit more runs for RCB. He tops the rankings with 5,412 in 169 innings, including 190 sixes.
The Delhi-born master may not have been able to lift the IPL trophy with his team, but he has charted a meteoric rise to the top of the international game.
His major milestones include becoming the fastest player in the world to reach 15,000 international runs. He also has the most Test and ODI centuries as the captain of India and is the only batsman in history to average more than 50 in Tests, T20Is and ODIs simultaneously.
In 2019, Kohli became the second players after Suresh Raina to reach 5,000 IPL runs.
He will once again lead RCB’s challenge for a first Indian Premier League title in 2020.
Rahul Dravid was named as Royal Challengers Bangalore’s icon player in the first IPL season in 2008.
The former India national team skipper, known as the Wall, was brought up in Bangalore before going on to cement his place as one of the best cricketers to have played the game.
He featured for RCB in the IPL 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons before later playing for the Rajasthan Royals.
He amassed an impressive 898 IPL runs in 37 innings for Bangalore to put himself in the top five run-scorers for the club.
AB de Villiers
The explosive South African joined Royal Challengers from Delhi Daredevils for $1.5million head of the fourth IPL campaign.
As well as captaining South Africa across all formats before international retirement, he has also gone on to be one of the IPL’s best performers.
The right-handed batsman soon became known for his innovative shot selections and ability to play around the field.
His destructive middle-order batting, especially in limited-overs cricket, catapulted him to box office stature.
His record the Royal Challengers sees him ranked second as the club’s highest run-scorer. Only Kohli is ahead of him.
He has smashed 3,724 runs for RCB in just 116 innings, including 199 sixes. His highest score is also down as 133 not out.
India international Yuzvendra Chahal has taken the most wickets for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The leg-break bowler has bagged a century of wickets for the team in 82 innings since joining in 2014.
Before that he featured for Mumbai Indians and was part of the team that denied RCB victory in the 2008 IPL final.
He featured in India’s World Cup squad in 2019 and in November became the third bowler to take 50 wickets for the country.
The brilliant West Indian left-handed powerhouse played for RCB between 2011 and 2017.
He is ranked in third place as the club’s highest run-scorer. He has blasted 3,163 runs in 84 innings, including 239 sixes.
Like his RCB team-mates, Gayle never lifted the IPL trophy when playing in Bangalore. However, he did give their fans some memorable moments.
It was during his time with Royal Challengers that he smashed a 30-ball ton on his way to the highest individual T20 score of an unbeaten 175.