Parthiv Patel

Although I rate Quinton de Kock more than Parthiv, he will be my RCB opener for this season. The simple reason is he doesn't take up an overseas spot and has got experience playing in the IPL. Also, Parthiv had decent last two seasons with the bat playing for Mumbai Indians.

Brendon McCullum

There is no doubt about how destructive this man can be. Baz is a batsman with no fear and is a fantastic fielder. The only concern is we don’t know what type of form he could be in this season. But still, he will be my opener for a few matches.

Virat Kohli (C)

Without a doubt, Kochli is the backbone of RCB's batting. He will be my Orange Cap holder this season.

AB De Villiers

Another big match player for RCB and undoubtedly one of the exciting player to watch. AB is also a superb fielder and RCB will be hoping for big things from him.

Mandeep Singh

I will pick Mandeep ahead of Manan Vohra because he has an experience of playing in the middle overs. He is a decent player of spinners and an excellent fielder.

Sarfaraz Khan

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Regarded as an exciting young talent, Sarfaraz is a batsman who has no fear. He is a hard-hitting batsman who can be used as a finisher.

Washington Sundar

Man of the series in the recent T20 series against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Washington is a smart T20 bowler and bowls typically in the powerplay. He is a bowler who bowls at a tight line and is very difficult to get away with. Although, we have not seen him much with the bat.

Chris Woakes

Woakes is an all-rounder who is a handy cricketer. He can be helpful with the ball in both middle and death overs. Also, Woakes is a decent lower-order batsman who can score quick runs.

Tim Southee 

An excellent new-ball bowler, who can swing the ball, Southee is a top addition.

Yuzvendra Chahal

A leg-spinner who has been very useful in the T20 format, Chahal He knows how to bowl at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Umesh Yadav

Umesh has got plenty of experience in this format. He will be hoping to have a good IPL so that he can get back in the Indian team.

Quinton de Kock could be brought in as an opener if McCullum fails to deliver.

The curtains will soon go up for IPL 2018, and all franchises have readied their squads to compete for the title. Royal Challengers Bangalore have been one of the most influential teams in the past 10 seasons. But a title has alluded them, despite being finalists thrice. They have tried to reshape the squad and worked to increase the depth, making them strong contenders yet again!