IPL Auction 2014: Royal Challengers Bangalore full team analysis

Chris Gayle, Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli loom as key players ahead of the seventh season. Ahead of the seventh […]

Chris Gayle, Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli loom as key players ahead of the seventh season.

Ahead of the seventh season of the Indian Premier League, fanatix looks at each of the eight teams and how they fared in the latest auction, which threw up its fair share of surprises.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has twice been the bridesmaid in the history of the lucrative twenty20 tournament, coming second behind the Deccan Chargers in 2009 and the Chennai Super Kings two years later.

Now they are going for broke with several big names joining the side, that features plenty of firepower from top to bottom.

Key player – Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle Royal Challengers Bangalore

Even though offcials from RCB were very active at the auction this year, arguably their most important player is one they retained from last year.

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle needs no real introduction when it comes to Twenty20 leagues around the world, especially the IPL.

The explosive right-hander notched his highest score in the IPL last season, when he smashed an incredible 175 not out with his career average of 52.33 and a strike-rate of 160 meaning Gayle can win a game almost single-handedly.

IPL career stats

Batting and Fielding

Mat NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Career 59 10 2512 175* 52.33 1568 160.20 4 16 205 180 14 0
2013 16 4 708 175* 59.00 453 156.29 1 4 57 51 3 0
2012 15 2 733 128* 61.08 456 160.74 1 7 46 59 2 0
2011 12 3 608 107 67.55 332 183.13 2 3 57 44 2 0
2010 9 0 292 88 32.44 184 158.69 0 2 30 16 2 0
2009 7 1 171 44* 28.50 143 119.58 0 0 15 10 5 0

Bowling

Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w
Career 59 477 646 16 3/21 40.37 8.12 29.81 0 0
2013 16 24 40 3 1/5 13.33 10.00 8.00 0 0
2012 15 28 66 0 0/0 - 14.14 - 0 0
2011 12 216 244 8 3/21 30.50 6.77 27.00 0 0
2010 9 96 152 4 1/9 38.00 9.50 24.00 0 0
2009 7 113 144 1 1/21 144.00 7.64 113.00 0 0

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