RCB was founded in 2008 by United Spirits and named after the company’s liquor brand Royal Challenge. Raging in their ravishing red jerseys the Royal Challengers Bangalore helmed the inaugural season of IPL in 2008, hoping to be the ones to win the title that year. RCB has also been among the three franchises (alongside Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings) to have played each season of the IPL since 2008 without winning a single title. Having played until the IPL final thrice in 2009, 2011 and 2016, the team has faced counter struggles in the finals. Read on to learn all about the RCB All Captains List.
RCB All Captains List
1. Rahul Dravid (2008-08)
RCB’s first captain was the iconic player, Rahul Dravid, who played skilfully at their opening season at the IPL. The team had a forgettable first season as they stood at seventh position out of eight teams in the points table.
2. Kevin Pieterson (2009-09)
Due to a requirement for change in the leadership roles, the young England test captain Kevin Pieterson was brought in to lead the team. Pieterson along with Flintoff who went to CSK were the costliest players in the auction. But Bangalore continued to struggle during the initial games of the 2009 season. They won only two of their first six games under the new captain. However, the team’s fortunes improved after Pietersen left for national duty and Kumble took over the captaincy.
3. Anil Kumble (2009-10)
Former Indian captain Anil Kumble was selected to lead the side midseason as Kevin Peterson went for national duty. He turned the tables around for the team and RCB went on to win all six of the league matches, qualified for playoffs and even played the final. However, the team were unable to win at the finals. In 2010, the Royal Challengers continued under Kumble’s captaincy and finished the regular season with seven wins from 14 matches and 14 points. They were one of the four teams tied on 14 points with two semifinal spots at stake; they qualified for the semifinal as their net run rate was superior but lost to Mumbai in the semi-finals. The team went on to play the Champions League semi-final. Anil Kumble retired in 2010 after leading his team successfully to two semi-finals that year.
4. Daniel Vettori (2011-12)
Releasing all the players in the auction pool except Virat Kohli, RCB wanted to get new faces who could bring in the trophy for them. Former Kiwi Skipper Vettori was then handed over the baton of captaincy. RCB had a good season in 2011, and they were the table toppers. Bangalore also set a new IPL record for the most successive wins by winning 7 matches. Under Vettori’s captaincy, RCB appeared both in the finals of IPL and Champions league in 2011. However, in 2012 the team was unable to perform well and did not qualify for the playoffs. So, Vettori was sacked and a the search for a new captain was initiated.
5. Virat Kohli (2011-21)
The young Kohli was at his best form in 2011. The baton of captaincy was handed to him with the hope of bringing the cup home. Virat Kohli has been the longest-serving skipper for RCB. He has led the team in 140 matches winning 64 of them, with a winning percentage of 48.16. Kohli led the team to the playoffs thrice and the final once even. Kohli later announced his decision to give up the captaincy role, and was seen in the 2022 edition as a specialist batter.
6. Shane Watson (2017-17)
Watson was named as the stand-in captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as regular skipper Virat Kohli missed a few matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 due to injury. Watson captained the side for three matches winning only one of them.
7. Faf Du Plessis (2022-Present)
The former Proteas skipper will be the seventh skipper for the team, after, Virat Kohli decided to give away this position. RCB brought the veteran batter for 7cr in the mega auctions hoping to bring the cup home this year.
RCB All Captains List
|Serial Number||Player||Span||Matches||Won||Lost||Winning %|
|7.||Faf du Plessis||2022-Present||16||9||7||56.25|
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