IPL 2022: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Cheatsheet, Probable Playing XI, Squad Depth, and Key Players
A look at the team combinations, depth chart, recent form, and the fantasy potential of key players from the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) camp ahead of IPL 2022.
Coach: Sanjay Bangar
Captain: Faf du Plessis
IPL 2021 Finish: Eliminator Exit
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) – Team Composition & Combinations for IPL 2022:
Faf du Plessis has been named the new RCB captain after Virat Kohli stepped down from the post last year. Du Plessis will open the batting alongside Anuj Rawat and the middle-order comprises of Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and Mahipal Lomror. Dinesh Karthik will play as a finish down the order alongside Wanindu Hasaranga who provides steady wrist-spin bowling. Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj and Harshal Patel will make up the pace bowling attack, with Shahbaz Ahmed as the second spinner.
Australian Players Availability
Glenn Maxwell will miss a few games for RCB due to his wedding while Hazlewood will miss some games due to the Pakistan tour. S Rutherford and D Willey are the likely candidates to fill in for them during the early stages of the tournament.
Reliance on the young local batters
RCB batting order has two slots open, the opening and the No.5 position which is to be filled by the local batting options. While the talented Anuj Rawat will occupy the opening position, the No.5 spot is likely to find competition between Mahipal Lomror and Suyash Prabhudesai. While the RCB management rates Prabhudesai highly, Lomror will start considering his IPL experience.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (IPL 15) – Fantasy Cheat Sheet
Players who have proven themselves to be top-scoring fantasy players and are popular.
Faf du Plessis – He has played the role of an anchor to perfection in the last couple of seasons and had a vital role in CSK’s IPL victory last year. He’ll once again open the innings this season and has had a good season with the bat in the BPL recently. Since 2018 IPL, he averages 47 Dream11 batting points per game.
Virat Kohli – The highest run-getter in the IPL has been accumulating runs at a slower pace in the last couple of seasons which affects his team but is good from a fantasy point of view. He is expected to drop down to No.3 which could affect his batting returns a lot more considering his weakness against spin. Since 2018 IPL, he averages 43 Dream11 batting points per game.
The players who provide good value for their credits and can be banked upon for consistent returns.
Wanindu Hasaranga – He’s a genuine wicket-taker with the ball in the middle-overs and averages 46 Dream11 bowling points per game in all T20s. He also provides batting value in the lower middle-order thus increasing his fantasy value. He averages close to 16 Dream11 batting points per game and would’ve found himself in the stud category if not for his inexperience at the IPL level.
Mohammed Siraj – He has established himself as a lead pacer in the RCB setup last season. He bowled brilliantly last season with an economy rate of 6.8 but was unlucky to end up with only 11 wickets from 15 games. He’ll play the role of a top-tail bowler for RCB this year and can bank on him for consistent returns with the ball. Since 2018 IPL, he averages 24 Dream11 bowling points per game but it’s likely to increase this season.
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The players who carry an element of risk with them which may be due to bad form, injury, lack of game time, etc……
Harshal Patel – The Purple cap holder from last season is back at RCB and will carry on the death bowling duties for them once again this season. This should be a testing season for him as opposition players would come prepared against his dipping cutters and whether the dip he generates with the slower balls will be effective at India remains to be seen. He averaged 59 Dream11 IPL bowling points per game last season which is astonishing.
Glenn Maxwell – A dynamic, high-intent batter Glenn Maxwell’s batting is quite volatile in nature. While he had success at No.4 last year whether he could repeat his success from last season remains to be seen. He averages 27 Dream11 points and 7 Dream11 points with the bat and ball respectively in IPL since 2018.
Mahipal Lomror – He’s a good player of spin bowling but at No.5 he’ll encounter pace a lot more which doesn’t suit his game. His bowling too will be less utilised in the presence of a specialist left-arm spinner Shahbaz Ahmad in the eleven.
The players who seem like good buys, but won’t score enough points to justify their credits or hype.
Dinesh Karthik – At No.6 or No.7, he’s likely to face only a handful of balls which means he can’t be relied upon for consistent returns with the bat. While his wicket-keeping adds bonus points, it doesn’t help much with his position in the batting order. He averages only 27 Dream11 batting points in the IPL since 2018.
Josh Hazlewood – Considering his role and his bowling approach, Hazlewood doesn’t offer much wicket-taking value in T20s. The venues for this IPL are unlikely to offer much assistance for the new ball bowlers for him to be a wicket-taking threat in the Powerplay. RCB have also covered their death bowling with Siraj and Harshal which reduces his scope for wicket-taking. Since 2018, he averages only 25 Dream11 bowling points per game in the IPL.
The players who provide decent enough value but is undervalued or is just not a well-known player.
Anuj Rawat – The talented young batter will open the innings for RCB and if he can repeat what Padikkal did in the last couple of seasons he could make a great differential pick.
Opponent Fantasy Value:
Every team is vulnerable to a certain batting type or a bowler type depending on their setup. For example, a batting unit full of right-handers will be vulnerable against left-arm spinners and wristspinners or a bowling attack void of any quality new-ball bowlers will leak runs in the Powerplay and allow the openers to score freely. These vulnerabilities of the team allows certain player types from opponent sides to perform freely against them which can be used to pick those player types from the opponent side in your fantasy team. As far as Royal Challengers Bangalore are concerned, you can pick the player types listed below from the opponent side if those player types are available.
- Death bowlers