IPL 2020: Top 3 Picks for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Sunrisers Hyderabad

Top 3 Picks for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Sunrisers Hyderabad


The cash-rich league is back with a bang with two enthralling games at Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Chennai Super Kings ousted Mumbai Indians in the first game whereas Delhi Capitals came over all the odds against Kings XI Punjab in the second game. Delhi Capitals won the game in the super over after the resilient Kings XI Punjab failed to chase down one run from three deliveries.

In the third game of the IPL 2020, Royal Challengers Bangalore will go up against Sunrisers Hyderabad. David Warner led Sunrisers will hope to keep up their fine record over Royal Challengers whereas Virat Kohli will be raring to go in their season opener.

The perennial underachievers, Royal Challengers Bangalore have failed to win the league even once in twelve years through multiple stars were present in the side. They are the side with most final appearances without a trophy. Despite reaching the final thrice, Royal Challengers Bangalore failed to overcome the hurdle in the end. Even in 2016, Royal Challengers made a great turn around but to fail in the finals against Sunrisers Hyderabad. It remains interesting to see if RCB can overcome their all deficits against SRH.

Though cricket is a team game and all eleven players’ contribution is required to win the game, there are few players who are important for their side going to the game. Here are the three important players for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Sunrisers Hyderabad:

#1) Virat Kohli

It is hard for fans of Royal Challengers Bangalore and Virat Kohli to see their captain and player without an IPL title. Despite being the top run-scorer for Royal Challengers for several years, he has failed to lift the trophy. The Indian international captain will be looking forward to putting all the negativity behind and focus ahead to the clash against Sunrisers.

Virat Kohli last batted against New Zealand in India’s tour of New Zealand in January and February. Since the lockdown, the RCB captain has not batted and it will be his first competitive game in six months. The consistent stroke-maker will be the most dangerous player going into the game.

#2) AB de Villiers

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The Protean international has retired from all formats of the game in the international circuit but the cricket is still left in him. The player is looking for a place in South African national side which will be heading for a T20 World Cup. If the player has to prove himself, IPL will be the best spot. With no cricket in last two-three months, ABD will be raring to go against SRH on Monday.

AB de Villiers has always saved the grace for Royal Challengers. May it be his anchored Innings at M Chinnaswamy Stadium or a superman-Esque catch in 2018, AB de Villiers is a constant in RCB’s success. With multiple things at stake for RCB, Mr 360 can be a vital player in their glory hunt.

#3) Devdutt Padikkal

Devdutt Padikkal, Karnataka lad was bought by Royal Challengers team management back in 2019 but retained him despite the fact that he didn’t play a game. However, the decision to keep him in the team has turned out to be a masterstroke for RCB after he went all guns firing in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy and Ranji Trophy.

Though RCB has relied on ABD and Virat Kohli for several seasons, the time is here to witness Padikkal’s masterclass. Can the player deliver RCB the success with his batting prowess?