In the Indian Premier League the city of Bangalore is represented by the team “Royal Challengers Bangalore” or the RCB whose owner is Vijay Mallya the liquor magnate. This team was won by Mallya at an auction held in Mumbai for a bid of 111.6 million USD. The CEO of the team is Brijesh Patel while the Chief Cricketing Officer is Martin Crowe the former skipper of the New Zealand team. The brand ambassadors of the team are Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif (both are Bollywood actresses) as well as Upendra and Ramya who are Sandalwood film stars.
On 20th April 2008 the RCB defeated the Mumbai Indians in Mumbai by 5 wickets when the Man of the Match was Mark Boucher who scored 39 runs in 19 balls. On 3rd May 2008 the RCB defeated the Deccan Chargers in Bangalore by 3 runs during which the Man of the Match was Praveen Kumar who took 3 wickets for 23 runs in 4 overs. On 21st May 2008 the RCB defeated the Chennai Super Kings by 14 runs during which the Man of the Match was Anil Kumble who took 3 wickets for 14 runs in 4 overs. The RCB defeated the Deccan Chargers in Hyderabad on 25th May 2008 by 5 wickets during which the Man of the Match was Vinay Kumar who took 3 wickets for 27 runs in 4 overs.
The prominent players in the team are as follows. The captain-batsman of the team is Rahul Dravid from India who was paid 1.035 million USD. There are two all rounders in the team – Jacques Kallis from South Africa for 0.9 million USD and Virat Kohli from India for 0.3 million USD. Mark Boucher from South Africa is the wicket-keeper batsman whose price was 0.45 million USD. The other batsmen in the team are as follows – Shivnarine Chanderpaul from West Indies for 0.2 million USD, Wasim Jaffer from India for 0.15 million USD, Bharat Chipli from India for 0.05 million USD, Devraj Patil from India for 0.05 million USD, Misbah-ul-Haq from Pakistan for 0.12 million USD and Ross Taylor from New Zealand for 0.1 million USD. The bowlers in the team are as follows – Anil Kumble from India for 0.5 million USD, Nathan Bracken from Australia for 0.325 million USD, Zaheer Khan from India for 0.45 million USD, Dale Steyn from South Africa for 0.325 million USD and Cameron White from Australia for 0.5 million USD, Abdur Razzak from Bangladesh for 0.12 million USD.
In the 2008 season held in April-May the RCB played in 14 matches aganist the other IPL Teams and won 4 of them.