The Best RCB Team Ever: A Recap of their Iconic Season IPL 2016

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The Best RCB Team Ever - IPL 2016
The Best RCB Team Ever - IPL 2016

The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have always been one of the most exciting teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL). With a star-studded lineup that includes Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Yuzvendra Chahal, the team is known for their explosive batting and fiery performances on the field. But in the 2016 season, RCB took their game to a whole new level, what many consider to be the best RCB team ever. With a stunning run of victories, they made it all the way to the final, only to fall just short of the trophy. In this walkthrough, we’ll take a closer look at their iconic season. From Kohli’s record-breaking run to the resurgence of Chris Gayle, we’ll explore how this team came together to create some of the most memorable moments in IPL history. So, let’s dive in and relive the magic of the best RCB team ever!

RCB’s road to IPL 2016 final

Date Opponent Venue Result
12-Apr-16 Sunrisers Hyderabad Bangalore Won by 45 runs
17-Apr-16 Delhi Daredevils Bangalore Lost by 7 wickets
20-Apr-16 Mumbai Indians Mumbai Lost by 6 wickets
22-Apr-16 Rising Pune Supergiant Pune Won by 13 runs
24-Apr-16 Gujarat Lions Rajkot Lost by 6 wickets
30-Apr-16 Sunrisers Hyderabad Hyderabad Lost by 15 runs
2-May-16 Kolkata Knight Riders Bangalore Lost by 5 wickets
7-May-16 Rising Pune Supergiant Bangalore Won by 7 wickets
9-May-16 Kings XI Punjab Mohali Won by 1 run
11-May-16 Mumbai Indians Bangalore Lost by 6 wickets
14-May-16 Gujarat Lions Bangalore Won by 144 runs
16-May-16 Kolkata Knight Riders Kolkata Won by 9 Wickets
18-May-16 Kings XI Punjab Bangalore Won by 82 runs (D/L)
22-May-16 Delhi Daredevils Raipur Won by 6 Wickets
24-May-16 Gujarat Lions (Qualifier 1) Bangalore Won by 4 Wickets
29-May-16 Sunrisers Hyderabad (Final) Bangalore Lost by 8 Runs

Overview of the Iconic Season

IPL 2016 final - RCB Vs SRH
IPL 2016 final – RCB Vs SRH

The 2016 IPL season was one of the most memorable in the tournament’s history. Led by captain Virat Kohli, the RCB team in 2016 was at its best, winning seven of their first ten matches and scoring a huge score of 248 runs in the match against the Gujarat Lions. While they suffered a setback in the final, losing to the Sunrisers Hyderabad, the team had already cemented their place in the hearts of fans with their fearless approach to the game.

Key Players Who Made It Happen

While the entire RCB team played their part in the 2016 season, there were a few standout performers who really made the difference. At the top of the list was Virat Kohli, who had the best IPL season as an individual. The former Indian captain scored an incredible 973 runs in just 16 innings, including four centuries and seven half-centuries. He was equally supported by AB de Villiers, who scored 687 runs at an average of 52.84, and Chris Gayle, who rediscovered his form to hit two centuries and score 227 runs in just three matches. The team’s bowling attack was led by Yuzvendra Chahal, who finished the season with 21 wickets, and Shane Watson, who took 20.

Royal Challengers Bangalore 2016 Squad

Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Shane Watson, Mitchell Starc, Adam Milne, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Stuart Binny, Kane Richardson, Samuel Badree, Travis Head, Praveen Dubey, Vikramjeet Malik, Akshay Karnewar, Iqbal Abdullah, Sachin Baby, Vikas Tokas.

RCB 2016 Squad
RCB 2016 Squad

The Team’s Strengths and Weaknesses

One of the key strengths of the 2016 RCB team was their batting lineup, which was arguably the most formidable in the tournament. With Kohli, de Villiers, Gayle, and Shane Watson all capable of scoring big runs, the team had the ability to chase down any total or set a big target for their opponents. However, their bowling attack was not as strong, and they often depended on Chahal and Watson to take wickets and keep the opposition score in check.

RCB IPL 2016 bowlers
RCB IPL 2016 bowlers

IPL 2016 – RCB vs Gujarat Lions 

RCB best team ever - Memorable Moments from the Season
RCB best team ever – Memorable Moments from the Season

The 2016 IPL season was full of memorable moments for RCB fans, from Kohli’s record-breaking run to Gayle’s resurgence. One of the standout moments was the team’s incredible performance against the Gujarat Lions, where they scored a record-breaking 248 runs in 20 overs. Kohli and de Villiers put on a masterclass, scoring 109 and 129 respectively, and the team looked unbeatable. Another memorable moment was Gayle’s century against the Kings XI Punjab, where he hit 14 sixes and scored 117 runs in just 57 balls.

RCB best team ever 2016
RCB best team ever 2016