Throughout the years in the IPL. if there is something that has always remained consistent, it is RCB’s batting lineup. Just looking at the team sheet, it could easily bring fear to any bowler. When you see players like Gayle, Kohli, AB de Villiers, it’s bound to make you nauseous, because if any one of those players starts to bat well, then you know the game is long gone from your hands, so the bowlers had the extra pressure of not just getting one wicket, but three. However, Gayle is no longer with the team, instead, RCB has recruited another hitman, Glenn Maxwell, but the pressure remains the same. However, there have been bowlers in the past who have kept all three or at least two of these deadly batsmen quiet. Today we will be looking at those bowlers who have managed to keep the explosive batting lineup of RCB silent and very dominated the whole match. (THIS IS NOT IN ORDER)


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The veteran bowler managed to achieve this feat during the 2015 edition of the tournament. Chennai batted brilliantly to put 181 on the scoreboard, and the chase looked achievable. But in stepped Ashish Nehra. Nehra got the important wickets of Bisla and Rossow before they could get too dangerous, but, the main man, Virat Kohli was still at the crease and he was looking dangerous. Virat scored a hard-earned 50 and looked settled in, but again Ashish Nehra stepped in and took his wicket just when it mattered the most. Nehra bowled 4 overs in that game and had an economy rate of 6. Due to Nehra’s feat with the ball, they were able to restrict RCB to 154, and CSK comfortably won that game. Nehra is currently the bowling coach of RCB, what a turnaround.


The next bowler who destroyed the hearts of many RCB fans is Mohammed Nabi. The Afghanistan all-rounder produced a figure of 4/11 against RCB in the 2019 edition of the tournament. RCB’s batting lineup consisted of the usuals Kohli and De Villiers, but also the explosive Hetmayer and Moeen Ali as well. SRH batted brilliantly and put a mammoth 231 on the scoreboard and, with both Warner and Bairstow scoring centuries. The RCB openers couldn’t do anything as Nabi’s magical hands completely bamboozled them. He got the crucial wickets of Parthiv Patel, Shimron Hetmayer, and the extremely dangerous AB de Villiers. Nabi bowled 4 overs that game and had an economy rate of 6. Nabi is still playing with the Sunrisers Hyderabad, with whom he has been since 2017. It’s not hard to see why SRH has retained him during all these years.


The Mumbai-born pacer took 4 wickets in the match against RCB and conceded just 14 runs. 2016 was probably RCB’s best season in the IPL. Your captain is in form, your main bowler is in form, what else do you need? However, during this game, none of those strategies worked. In the very first over, Kulkarni was facing Gayle and Kohli, and not to forget, a very inform Kohli. But, that did not faze Kulkarni at all, as he got Kohli out for a duck and Gayle for just 9.  Kulkarni was showing the world his true talent. Soon after he got KL Rahul out for a duck as well. His last wicket was of Sachin Baby, who as you can imagine got out for a duck also. Out of the four wickets Kulkarni got, 3 scored 0. However, the Gujarat batsmen had failed to deliver and had put up a measly 158 on the scoreboard. After these quick dismissals, it looked like the game was in Gujarat’s hand, but, the main man ABD was still at the crease. His 79 is just 47 balls was enough to steer RCB to victory. You have to applause for this man’s efforts. Kulkarni bowled 4 overs and had an economy rate of 6.


Fernando achieved this feat during the inaugural edition of the IPL. While the batting lineup of RCB wasn’t as deadly as it is today, the team was still very strong.  Fernando bowled exceptionally well to pick up the wickets of Mark Boucher, Misbah-ul-Haq, and Shreevatas Goswami. Dilhara bowled 4 overs that game and had an economy rate of 6. Dilhara Fernando spent 3 seasons at Mumbai, before calling quits.


Lakshmipathy Balaji achieved this feat during the 2012 edition of the IPL. He bowled 4 overs and was able to take 4 wickets and conceding just 18 runs. Balaji got the crucial wickets of Kohli and ABD. He also got the deadly Mayank Agarwal and the veteran Daniel Vettori out as well. Due to his bowling prowess, RCB only managed to score 123, which was not enough, and KKR comfortably won the game by 42 runs. Balaji was declared the man of the match, a very right decision.


We all know the times RCB batsmen have completely annihilated the opposition bowlers, but these are the 5 times, the opposition bowlers managed to make the deadly RCB batting lineup quiet. Let’s see who else can achieve this feat.