Royal Challengers Bangalore, also called RCB is the Bangalore based
franchise of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The team is owned by the
Bangalore based United Breweries Group headed by Dr. Vijay Mallya.
The team rose from a bottom two finish in 2008 to end as the runners up in 2009 and semi finalists in 2010, adding another runners up finish in 2011. RCB has also qualified for three editions of Champions League T20 so far. RCB won 8 games out of 16 in IPL 2012 but could not qualify for the play offs or the 2012 CLT20. In 2013, RCB won 9 out of the 16 matches, but did not qualify to the play-offs or the 2013 CLT20.
Coached by South African stalwart Ray Jennings, the side is led by the young and exciting Virat Kohli.
Along with Kohli's formidable leadership, the team also boasts of a world class spinner in Muttiah Muralitharan, three of the most devastating batsmen in international cricket in AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan and in addition, some of India's brightest upcoming talent such as Abhimanyu Mithun, Saurabh Tiwary, Cheteshwar Pujara and Vijay Zol.