Liquor baron Vijay Mallya owned-Bangalore Royal Challengers IPL side will represent Bangalore in the inaugural Twenty20 league. Mallya. The King of good times bought the franchise for a whopping $111.6m-second highest bid, next only to Mukesh Ambani-owned RIL's bid of $111.9m for Mumbai.
The Dravid-led seems to rely more on experience rather then the young blood. They have a bunch of seasoned campaigners in the batting department like Kallis, Kumble, Boucher, Chanderpaul, Bracken besides the skipper himself. The bowling attack of Challengers looks formidable with best of pace, swing and spin bowlers: Steyn, Zaheer, Bracken and Praveen make the fast bowling dept while spin department is spearheaded by the wily Kumble alongwith young Aussie leggie Cameron White, left-arm spinner Razzak, veteran Sunil Joshi and rookie spinner from Karnataka Appanna makes the Challengers' bowling attack.
BRC with KSAC, GCA and SSCB as its catchment area has to do most of the pickings from KSCA in the local and U-22 category. There is very little or to be precise nothing for BRC to pick from the mediocre sides - Goa and Services. Charu and his team have drifted a bunch of talented guys taylor-made for T20 format from Katk Ranji side: Vinay Kumar (medium pacer), Balchandra Akhil (batting all-rounder), Devraj Patil (wicketkeeper-batsman), Bharat Chipli (batsman), K P Appanna (spinner).
BRC take on SRK-owned Kolkata side in the IPL opener at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore on Apr 18.