Bangalore Royal Challengers | Team Profile | IPL 3
Bangalore Royal Challengers, like Deccan Chargers, had ended up at the bottom of the table in the inaugural edition of IPL. Both teams ended up meeting in the final of IPL 2009 in South Africa. Anil Kumble led RCB with great heart, but was unable to win the title. Kumble’s most impressive virtues as a cricketer – grit and determination – came to the fore in South Africa. The side lost four of their first five matches in IPL 2009, but made a startling comeback to make it to the semi-finals.
The team qualified for the Champions League Twenty20 but could not qualify for the knock-out stage as expected. But the side held its own even then. The team has undergone a sea-change in terms of personnel and support staff from Season One with new coach Ray Jennings making a huge impact. Regular captain Kevin Pietersen’s participation is still debatable owing to an extended injury break, but with Kumble around, expect the RCB to put up a gallant fight.