Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have confirmed that Virat Kohli will continue to lead the team in IPL 2020. With the team ringing changes in the support staff, there were expectations that the team management might try out a new captain but RCB confirmed that Kohli will be leading the team in his eighth consecutive season.
The Indan skipper was formally appointed as RCB’s full-time captain back in 2013. They finished at the fifth spot in his debut season as captain. Next year, they finished at the seventh spot. In IPL 2015, RCB again finished at seventh spot. RCB hit the purple patch in IPL 2016 and made it to the final where they lost to Sunirsers Hyderabad.
RCB again failed to make it to playoffs next year and finished at the eighth spot in IPL 2017. Next year, they were the sixth-ranked team after the end of the league stage. In IPL 2019, RCB lost their first six games on the trot and were the last-placed team in the points table.
In total, Royal Challengers Bangalore have played 110 games under Kohli out of which they have won 49 and lost 55 matches. However, the team management has stuck with him and Kohli will continue to lead the team in next season.
RCB have a new coaching staff headed by Director of Cricket, Mike Hesson. Simon Katich was named as the head coach of the franchise. The team management will also have the services of former India trainer Shankar Basu, Sridharan Sriram as the spin-bowling coach and Adam Griffith as bowling coach.
Before the auction, RCB released 12 players, including Dale Steyn. Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetymer, Akshdeep Nath, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Colin De Grandhomme, Prayas Ray Barman, Tim Southee, Kulwant Khejroliya, Himmat Singh, Heinrich Klaasen and Milind Kumar were other players to be released by the franchise.
Going into the auction, RCB have a purse of Rs 27.90 Crore in which they will have to fill number of spots. RCB, presently, only have two overseas players.