Updated: 6 June 2022
IPL 2023, is one of the most anticipated cricket events next year. With this cash-rich league becoming a 10-team format, the intensity level and the overall entertainment package have upscaled to new heights. The recently concluded 15th edition of the Indian Premier League saw the 10 teams giving a neck-to-neck fight with each other. Royal Challengers Bangalore, led by their new captain Faf Du Plessis, had a good outing. They reached the playoff stage but were knocked out by Rajasthan Royals. Let us look at the performance of RCB in IPL 2022.
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Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL 2022 Journey
The RCB fans had got a setback before the start of the 15th edition when their regular captain and the most admired cricketer Virat Kohli stepped down from the captaincy. The team management decided to give the leadership role to the South African veteran cricketer Faf Du Plessis. He led the team well in the IPL 2022. Although we cannot say that they had a great IPL, the men in maroon still played consistent cricket throughout the league stage. They won 7 matches before the playoff stage.
It was an irony that their fate was not in their own hands, as RCB could advance to the playoff stage only if Mumbai Indians defeated Delhi Capitals in the last league game. Their wishes came true as Delhi lost to arch-rivals Mumbai Indians, opening the doors of the playoff for RCB.
If we talk about the performance of RCB, the biggest positive was Dinesh Karthik. He had a fantastic IPL this season. He was instrumental in providing the finishing touch to the innings during the last 4-5 overs. Another young player Rajat Patidar played wonderful cricket towards the fag end. He scored a century in the playoff stage, followed by a half-century in the eliminator.
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However, Virat Kohli could not perform better in the IPL 2022, scoring just 341 runs in 16 innings, which is way below his standards. The bowling department led by Wanindu Hasaranga gave good performances throughout the IPL 2022.
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Faf Du Plessis
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IPL 2022, RCB Full Squad
Faf du Plessis (C), Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, David Willey, Mohammad Siraj, Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik, Josh Hazlewood, Shahbaz Ahmed, Anuj Rawat, Akash Deep, Aneeshwar Gautam, Sherfane Rutherford, Jason Behrendorff, Suyash Prabhudessai, Chama Milind, Aneeshwar Gautam, Luvnith Sisodia, Finn Allen.
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IPL 2023 RCB Expected Full Squad
Faf du Plessis (C), Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Chris Gayle, Sandeep Warrier, Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik, Josh Hazlewood, Shahbaz Ahmed, Glenn Philips, Akash Deep, Aneeshwar Gautam, Sherfane Rutherford, Jason Behrendorff, Suyash Prabhudessai, Chama Milind, Aneeshwar Gautam, Luvnith Sisodia, Finn Allen, Lukman Meriwala