Royal Challengers Bangalore have been the unluckiest franchise in IPL history as despite having a solid group of players every year, the team has struggled to perform well. Virat Kohli has been the face of the franchise while several legendary players have been a part of RCB in its history of 12 years. IPL 2020 will see RCB fielding a new bunch of players as a lot of new international stars have joined the squad.
The Trans-Tasman coaching pair of Simon Katich and Mike Hesson signed Chris Morris, Aaron Finch, Isuru Udana and Dale Steyn in the IPL 2020 Auction to add some new flavors to the RCB squad. The Indian skipper Virat Kohli will captain the Bangalore-based franchise once again but given how tough the IPL schedule is, there is always a risk of getting injured. As it is a World Cup year, the board would be concerned about the fitness levels of Kohli as well hence, here are the 3 players who can lead RCB in IPL 2020 if Virat does not play.
1. Aaron Finch
The Australian limited overs skipper, Aaron Finch was one of the biggest signings made by Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL Auction. Finch has immense amount of IPL experience having played for so many franchises in the past. Besides, he was recently in India where he led Australia in the ODI series.
He has a good idea of the Indian conditions. Also, the pitch at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium is tailor-made for him. Thus, the fans can expect him to be an important member of RCB camp and even lead the team in Kohli’s absence. Besides, Finch has even captained an IPL franchise so, he can bring his experience to the fore as a leader.
2. AB de Villiers
Although AB de Villiers has been away from international cricket, no one can deny the fact that he is one of the best T20 batsmen on the planet. He has done extraordinary things with his batting skills which is the main reason why even Cricket South Africa has requested him to return to international cricket once again.
Talking about his IPL career, he started off with the Delhi Daredevils. But, his career took off when he became a part of RCB. As de Villiers has played a lot of cricket for the Bangalore-based franchise, the team management may hand him the reins if Kohli does not feature in the match squad.
3. Parthiv Patel
This might come as a surprise but the Gujarat-born wicket-keeper batsman has terrific captaincy skills. He leads his state team at the domestic level and Patel has taken Gujarat to a Ranji Trophy title, Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy during his reign. The left-handed batsman is one of the most experienced players present in the RCB squad.
Also, very few fans may remember that he had once captained Kochi Tuskers Kerala in IPL way back in 2011. Thus, Royal Challengers Bangalore can hand him the leadership responsibilities of the team. As he is a wicket-keeper, he can also guide the team properly from behind the wickets.