Which EPL team is RCB?
If there ever was to be a parallel between the English Premier League and the Indian Premier League, then the Royal Challengers Bangalore can definitely be called as the ‘Arsenal of Cricket!’
If Virat Kohli is the rock solid Thomas Vermaelen then head coach Ray Jennings makes for the perfect Arsene Wenger.
Put in Chris Gayle as the explosive Theo Walcott and AB de Villiers for the clinical Lukas Podolski then we have a cricket team which bears an uncanny resemblance to the Premier League giants.
Now, though Cricket and Football are two sports as different as chalk and cheese, comparing teams from two of the most popular leagues in world sport may not be a bad idea at all, since RCB have their fair share of competition in the IPL similar to what the Gunners face week in and week out in the EPL.
Though the lack of silverware in both teams’ cabinet is a glaring aspect, nevertheless RCB follow the same philosophy as the Gunners do in the EPL, that is playing and winning beautifully.
Arsenal are famous for their ‘pick and groom young’ methodology, which is somewhat similar to RCB buying many young players including KL Rahul and Sheldon Jackson in the pre-IPL player auctions.
If we bring in the local angle then a good comparison would be that of RCB’s medium pacer Vinay Kumar and the Gunners’ left back Kieran Gibbs.
Both Vinay Kumar and Gibbs can be counted as players who have come up from the youth system and have made a mark for themselves in their respective teams.
Vinay Kumar, part of Karnataka’s Ranji Trophy squad made his breakthrough in T20 cricket courtesy some great performances in the domestic circuit which prompted RCB to offer him an IPL contract in 2008, whereas Gibbs also made a mark for himself in Arsenal’s famed youth academy and later made it as a first team regular.
Also the Gunners’ UEFA Champions League history and RCB’s ‘Champions League T20’ form has similarities, with both teams having finished as finalists once, Arsenal in 2005 and RCB in 2011.
If Manchester United were Arsenal’s biggest rivals in the Premier League then the red and gold fans will point at southern neighbours Chennai Super Kings as the team we love to go up against.
Though the RCB-Chennai matches have a long way to go before reaching the heights of the famed United-Arsenal rivalries, still games between the two franchises always turn out to be entertaining contests.
Going by the trend, we could see some similarities in the choice of celebrations in the IPL as well -Kohli celebrating with a Vermaelen styled fist pump or AB de Villiers flying like Walcott to celebrate another stupendous chase.
So, according to you which football club is RCB?
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