Royal Challengers Bangalore are one of the teams of Indian Premier League which have the most loyal fan base. The fandom of Royal Challengers Bangalore didn't fade away in all these years, despite the franchise failing to win the IPL even once. RCB were bought by the millionaire Vijay Mallya in 2008, and the team's journey started under the captaincy of Rahul Dravid.
Due to the poor performance of the team in the inaugural edition of Indian Premier League, the captaincy was given to Englishman Kevin Pietersen. The franchise also tried Anil Kumble and Daniel Vettori as their skippers.
But unfortunately, there was no change in fortunes as RCB kept faltering. The franchise then decided to give the captaincy to Virat Kohli. Since the 2013 IPL edition, Kohli has led the team. Royal Challengers Bangalore are a team which always look strong on paper but fail to deliver when it matters.
A host of world class cricketers have played for the Bangalore-based outfit. So, let us look at three players who we might not remember once played for RCB.
#1. Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Shivnarine Chanderpaul is a left-handed batsman that the world witnessed from the Windies soil. Chanderpaul was admired by the 1990s kids for his unorthodox stance and orthodox batting style. There were days when the bowlers used to fear to face him. The left-hander was picked by Royal Challengers Bangalore under the captaincy of Rahul Dravid in the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League. The now 44-year-old played only 3 matches and scored 35 runs in total, with his highest score being 16. The batsman maintained a strike rate of 80.64 in the 3 matches he played. Due to the team's imbalance, Chanderpaul didn't get many games to prove himself. The new-age cricket fans might not remember Chanderpaul but he was a renowned cricketer once. And the fact that he once played for RCB is not known by many.
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The inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League was the only season in which Pakistani players played in the tournament. Misbah-ul-Haq is a well-known Pakistani middle order batsman, who made his debut in 2001 and retired in 2017. Misbah is the only Pakistani player who played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The right-handed batsman played 8 games for RCB and scored 117 runs for the team, with his highest score being 47 not out. Although he played eight games for his side in 2008, he didn't feature in the following editions, along with the other Pakistani cricketers, owing to political conflicts between their nation and India. Well, he did play and he did score in the IPL but it is tough to remember him in the Royal Challengers jersey. If the Pakistani players continued playing in the IPL, Misbah could have been a major name in the history of the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
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#3. Wasim Jaffer
Not everyone might remember or know him. But cricket fans who follow domestic matches and are aware of tournaments such as the Ranji trophy and the Irani Cup know how big a player Wasim Jaffer was. He played 412 first-class innings and scored a mammoth 19147 runs. Though he played in some Tests and ODI matches, he didn't play any T20 game for the Indian team. But surprisingly, Jaffer played in the IPL and it were the Royal Challengers Bangalore, who picked him. While other franchises searched for young and energetic players, best suited for the shortest format of the game, RCB decided to give a chance to Jaffer. He played eight matches for his side and scored 130 runs with one half-century to his name. But it was to be his only season in the IPL as RCB didn't retain him and the other teams didn't consider him. Irrespective of how he fared in the IPL for RCB, Jaffer is a legend in the Indian domestic cricket scenes.
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