Performance Review of Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2023

Check out the performance review of Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2023, including match highlights, player performances, and overall team analysis. Stay updated with all the action and results of RCB in the upcoming season.

By Crickified Mohit
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Royal Challengers Bangalore

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the most exciting cricket tournaments in the world, and the 2023 season was no exception. One team that had high hopes but fell short once again was Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Despite a strong start, RCB failed to make it to the playoffs, finishing in 6th position with 14 points. In this season review, we will analyze RCB's performance, highlight their top performers, discuss the underperformers, and examine the lessons that the team can learn for the future.


RCB's Performance Overview

With 7 wins in 14 matches, Royal Challengers Bangalore had a decent run in the IPL 2023 season. However, their inconsistency and lack of a stable middle order proved to be their downfall. The team heavily relied on their top-order batting, with Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli leading the way. Unfortunately, injuries to key players like Rajat Patidar and inconsistency in the bowling unit further hampered RCB's campaign.

Top Performers


Faf du Plessis: Leading Run Scorer

RCB captain Faf du Plessis had a phenomenal season with the bat. He finished as the team's leading run scorer, amassing 730 runs in 14 games at an average of 56.15. Du Plessis displayed great consistency, scoring 8 half-centuries and maintaining a strike rate of 153.68. His aggressive approach resulted in 96 boundaries, including 60 fours and 36 sixes.

Mohammed Siraj: Leading Wicket Taker


Pacer Mohammed Siraj emerged as RCB's top wicket taker in the IPL 2023 season. Despite the absence of Josh Hazlewood, Siraj delivered impressive performances with 19 wickets in 14 matches. He showcased his improved skills as a white-ball player and maintained an excellent economy rate of 7.50.


Dinesh Karthik


Dinesh Karthik, who had a stellar IPL 2022 season, failed to replicate his success in 2023. He struggled to make a significant impact, scoring only 140 runs in 13 games at an average of 11.66. Karthik's strike rate of 134.61 was also below par, with only 5 sixes to his name.

Shahbaz Ahmed

Shahbaz Ahmed, another underperformer for RCB, had a disappointing season with both bat and ball. Despite his impressive performances in the previous season, Ahmed could only manage 42 runs in 10 games and picked up just one wicket. His lackluster performance resulted in his mid-season exclusion from the playing XI.


Team Performance Highlights

One of the standout performances for RCB came in a low-scoring thriller against Lucknow Super Giants. Defending a total of 126 runs, RCB managed to secure an 18-run victory. Bowlers like Josh Hazlewood and Karn Sharma played crucial roles in restricting Lucknow to a chaseable target of 127 runs. This game, however, became controversial due to verbal spats on the ground involving Virat Kohli and Naveen ul Haq from Lucknow and Gautam Gambhir, who is associated with LSG as a mentor.

RCB's Captaincy and Management


Faf du Plessis proved to be a reliable captain for RCB in the IPL 2023 season. Despite his individual success with the bat, the team struggled to find consistency and failed to capitalize on crucial moments. RCB won 7 matches and lost 7, highlighting their inability to perform consistently throughout the tournament. The heavy reliance on the top three batsmen and Mohammed Siraj in bowling exposed the team's lack of depth and balance.

Lessons Learned for RCB

Moving forward, RCB's management needs to focus on sustaining their Indian talents and building a more balanced playing XI. The constant changes in the team's lineup created confusion and affected the players' confidence. RCB must identify and nurture talent within the squad, providing them with consistent opportunities. Relying too heavily on a few key players can prove costly in the long run.


Despite their promising start, RCB once again fell short of making it to the playoffs in the IPL 2023 season. The team showcased some exceptional performances from players like Faf du Plessis and Mohammed Siraj. However, the lack of a stable middle order and inconsistent bowling unit proved to be their Achilles' heel. RCB's management must learn from this season and make the necessary changes to strengthen the team for future campaigns.

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