2008: Group Stages 
2009: Finalists 
2010: Semi-Finalists 
2011: Finalists 
2012: Group Stages 
2013: Group Stages 
2014: Group Stages 
Royal Challengers Bangalore performed horribly in the competition’s inaugural season and ended up second-to-last in the table after registering only 4 wins out of their 14 matches. However, the South African conditions suited the team much better as they played with much more belief and determination to reach the finals in the tournament’s second edition. RCB completed one of the greatest turnarounds in the history of the IPL when they finished runners-up in the second season following a dismal 7th position in the first, losing narrowly by 6 runs to an arguably even greater turnaround by erstwhile-winners Deccan Chargers.
They have been one of the more consistent sides in the IPL, playing some attractive cricket to reach the semi-finals in 2010 before finishing runners-up yet again in 2011, this time losing comprehensively to an in-form CSK. They lost too many wickets in chasing their opponents’ mammoth total of 205 and never seemed to be in contention for the title, managing only 147/8 in their quota of 20 overs.
They missed out on qualifying for the playoff spots by a whisker despite some inspired cricket by their international stars, namely AB, Kohli and Gayle; losing out due to a marginally lower net run rate in 2012 & only one lesser win than their arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings in 2013.
In their latest outing, the Bangalore-based team was dogged by issues of team composition and balance as they relied too heavily on their marquee players – Gayle, AB and Yuvraj who failed to deliver when the team needed it the most. The latter of the three players cost the franchise the highest amount of money paid in the auction for a single player – 14 Crores, but he could not perform consistently enough and after failing to live up to expectations, was rightly released for sale in the auction before IPL 8.
Royal Challengers Bangalore had up to 21 Crores at their disposal for the auction after releasing 8 of their players, including the costly Yuvraj Singh. They used these funds most wisely to sort out their past problems of team composition by buying players like that lent solidity and balance to their team. Any team comprising of Gayle, Badri, Kohli, AB, DK & Wiese at the top, would instil something more deadly than just fear into opposition bowlers. The star-studded batting line-up have strong and almost like-for-like replacements in Maddinson, Bisla, Mandeep & Sammy, who would also serve as encouragement to the first-team players against a dip in form lest they lose their places.
Ably supported by bright young bowlers with promising careers ahead of them in Aaron, Chahal, Starc & Dinda; this team definitely has got what it takes to go all the way. The think-tank did well to bring in the young Trans-Tasmanian pacer duo of Adam Milne & Sean Abbott who would be able to improve greatly along with the rest of the team’s bowlers under the guidance of the legendary Allan Donald and Dan Vettori. The Bangalore-franchise has showed some real intent in the build-up to the tournament. They will be looking to improve upon their last season’s showing and maybe even be third-time lucky if they reach the finals this time round!
SQUAD for IPL 8:
Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Mitchell Starc, Nic Maddinson, Varun Aaron, Ashok Dinda, Harshal Patel, Vijay Zol, Abu Nechim, Sandeep Warrier, Yogesh Takawale, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rilee Rossouw, Iqbal Abdulla, Manvinder Bisla, Mandeep Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Subramanium Badrinath, Darren Sammy, Sean Abbot, Adam Milne, David Weise, Sarfaraz Khan, Jalaj Saxena, Shishir Bhawane.
IN: Dinesh Karthik (10.5 Cr), S Badrinath (30 L), Darren Sammy (2.8 Cr), Sean Abbott (1 Cr), Adam Milne (70 L), David Wiese (2.8 Cr), Sarfaraz Khan (50 L), Jalaj Saxena (10 L), Shishir Bhavane (10 L), Mandeep Singh (Traded), Iqbal Abdullah (Traded).
OUT: Yuvraj Singh (DD), Parthiv Patel (MI), Muttiah Muralitharan (Unsold), Albie Morkel (DD), Ravi Rampaul (Unsold), Sachin Rana (Unsold), Shadab Jakati (Unsold) and Tanmay Mishra (Unsold).
Best Buy: David Wiese
Virat Kohli – The Indian batsman went past the score of 50 only once in the recently concluded World Cup, scoring 107* against Pakistan and despite huge expectations, managed to excruciatingly score only 3 off 8 & 1 off 13 balls against Bangladesh & Australia in the knock-out stages respectively. Coming in at No. 3, he knows when to steady the ship and when to accelerate. The passionate skipper will be looking to bury the demons of the World Cup and lead his side to victory.
AB De Villiers – A safe wicket keeper, agile fielder, explosive batsman and brutal finisher; the South-African is regarded as one of the greatest athletes of the game currently. He can hit the ball literally anywhere and anyhow he wants to as he most masterfully displayed scoring 24 runs off his fellow countryman Dale Steyn’s penultimate over with some outrageous shots to win his team a thriller against the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Mitchell Starc – The Australian quickie was deservedly judged the CWC15’s Player of the Tournament after some stellar individual performances led his nation to World Cup Glory. He is well-known for his lethal pace as well as his deadly accuracy with the ball. The pacer-friendly pitches of the Chinnaswamy Stadium will let Starc unleash himself on the opposition batting line-ups who dare to cross his path.
Dinesh Karthik – The wicket-keeper batsman has been in & out of the Indian cricket team and would be aiming to return to it after yet another excellent Ranji Trophy season with Tamil Nadu. Known for his aggressive style of batting, he plays both seam and spin equally well due to which, he would prove to be a great asset for any team as he has previously shown for MI, KXIP & DD. He was released for auctioning after failing to justify his 12 Crore price tag for Delhi last season and has stated in the press that he wishes to repay RCB’s faith by helping them finally win the coveted IPL Trophy!