Bangalore Royal Challengers

Published: Friday, April 18, 2008, 18:23 [IST]
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Owner:Vijay Mallya
CEO:Charu Sharma
Icon Player/Capt:Rahul Dravid
Coach/Consultants:Martin Crowe, Venkatesh Prasad
Catchment Areas:KSCA, Goa Cricket Association (GCA) and Services (SSCB)

Players thro' auction: Jacques Kallis (RSA); Anil Kumble (Ind); Cameron White (Aus); Zaheer Khan (Ind); Mark Boucher (RSA); Nathan Bracken (Aus); Dale Steyn (RSA); Chanderpaul (WI); Praveen Kumar (Ind); Wasim Jaffer (Ind); Misbah (Pak); Ross Taylor (NZ); Abdur Razzak (Ban)

U-22 Players: Praveen Kumar; Virat Kohli (Ind U-19); Shreevats Goswami (wk Ind U-19)); Appanna (KSCA).

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.

NameBatting StyleBowling/FieldingBidding Price
Rahul Dravid (Ind)Right-handedRight-arm off-breakIcon Player
Jacques Kallis (SA)Right-handedRight-arm fast-mediumUS$ 900,000
Anil Kumble (Ind)Right-handedLeg-break googlyUS$ 500,000
Cameron White (Aus)Right-handedLeg-break googlyUS$ 500,000
Zaheer Khan (Ind)Right-handedLeft-arm medium-fastUS$ 450,000
Mark Boucher (SA)Right-handedWicket keeperUS$ 450,000
Nathan Bracken (Aus)Right-handedLeft-arm fast-mediumUS$ 325,000
Dale Steyn (SA)Right-handedRight-arm fastUS$ 325,000
S Chanderpaul (WI)Left-handedRight-arm leg-breakUS$ 200,000
Wasim Jaffer (Ind)Right-handedRight-arm off-breakUS$ 150,000
Misbah-ul-Haq (Pak)Right-handedRight-arm leg breakUS$ 125,000
Ross Taylor (NZ)Right-handedRight-arm off breakUS$ 100,000
Praveen Kumar (Ind)Right-handedRight-arm medium-fastUS$ 300,000 (U-22)
Abdur Razzak (Ban)Left-handedSlow left-arm orthodoxUS$ 50,000
Sunil Joshi (Ind)Left-handedSlow left-arm orthodoxKarnataka - Ranji player
Arun Kumar J. (Ind)Right-handedRight-arm off-breakKarnataka
Vinay Kumar R. (Ind)Right-handedRight-arm medium-fastKarnataka
Akhil B. (Ind)Right-handedRight-arm medium-fastKarnataka
Devraj Patil (Ind)Right-handedWicket keeperKarnataka
Bharat Chipli (Ind)Right-handedRight-arm mediumKarnataka
Appanna K. P. (Ind)Right-handedSlow left-arm orthodox(U-22)
Virat Kohli (Ind)Right-handedRight-arm medium(U-19)-(U-22)
Shreevats Goswami (Ind)Left-handWicket keeper(U-19)-(U-22)
Bangalore Royal Challengers' Fixture:
18 AprilKolkata Knight RidersBangalore
20 AprilMumbai IndiansMumbai
26 AprilRajasthan RoyalsBangalore
28 AprilChennai Super KingsBangalore
30 AprilDelhi DareDevilsDelhi
3 MayHyderabadHyderabad
5 MayMohaliBangalore
8 MayKolkata Knight RidersKolkata
10 MayMumbai IndiansBangalore
12 MayMohaliMohali
17 MayRajasthan RoyalsJaipur
19 MayDelhi DareDevilsBangalore
21 MayChennai Super KingsChennai
25 MayHyderabadBangalore

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