Where will Virat Kohli bat, Cameron Green’s new role with new team: RCB’s likely XI vs CSK | Cricket


Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Start the Indian Premier League 2024 (IPL) season with a shiny new logo, new jersey colors and a slightly changed name, with the ‘Bangalore’ replaced by the city’s current official name. Apart from that, however, there have been seismic changes in personnel that have been seen in a number of other teams, for example their opponents on Friday in the season opener.

RCB changed the black of its jerseys to blue (PTI)

Matches between RCB and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are always emotionally charged affairs and Faf du Plessis The team couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season than beating the defending champions at their home ground in Chennai. As is usually the case for them, RCB’s choice of foreign players is quite obvious. Captain Du Plessis would open the batting, the Australians Glenn Maxwell And Cameron Green would occupy the intermediate order and Alzarri Joseph would lead the rhythm department. It remains to be seen whether Green will come in at No. 3 or if he will slot in at No. 5 behind Maxwell.

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Former captain and talisman Virat Kohli will almost certainly continue to be fly-half, a role in which he enjoyed a return to form last season, although Green has proven to be a dangerous customer at the top of the order when playing for Australia, particularly in India. It is also highly likely that RCB will be tempted to go with Rajat Patidar, in which case Green’s place would most likely be at No.5.

Mayank Dagar could be the first choice partner for RCB, a department where they don’t have much wealth to boast of. They might also be using the impact player rule. Mohammed Siraj would be an automatic choice as pacer and Akash Deep could also get the nod due to his impressive performances recently in domestic cricket and the headline-grabbing show for India on debut to the test.

RCB XI (If you bat first): Faf du Plessis (captain), Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (week), Alzarri Joseph, Mayank Dagar, Akash Deep, Mohammed Siraj.

RCB XI (If you play first): Faf du Plessis (captain), Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, Dinesh Karthik (week), Alzarri Joseph, Mayank Dagar, Akash Deep, Karn Sharma, Mohammed Siraj.

Impact Player Options: Anuj Rawat, Mahipal Lomror, Suyash Prabhudssais, Himanshu Sharma, Karn Sharma

RCB would pick Lomror to extend their batting line-up if he bats first and then replace him with Karn Sharma as the impact player. They can be expected to do the opposite if they play first, starting with Karn and then replacing him with Lomror.

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