Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli will miss the start of the IPL tournament with a shoulder injury Getty Images

IBTimes UK takes a closer look at the eight teams participating in the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League. Royal Challengers Bangalore finished runners-up in last year's tournament, falling in the final hurdle against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Team overview

With the likes of Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Shane Watson on their books, Royal Challengers Bangalore boast arguably the most star-studded squad in the Indian Premier League. However, injuries to Kohli and KL Rahul in the recently concluded test series between India and Australia have cast a shadow over Bangalore's title prospects, with the latter set to miss the entire season with an injured shoulder.

RCB parted ways with Australia's Mitchell Starc earlier this year, with the fast bowler opting to take a rest after his country's tour to India to prepare for the Champions Trophy tournament in June. The franchise raised eyebrows when it paid out £1.4m ($1.8m) at the player auction to sign England left-arm pace bowler Tymal Mills, who only plays T20 cricket because of a back problem.

Star man

Virat Kohli comes into the IPL riding a wave of high after his India team won 10 out of the 13 Tests they played in their home season. However, the 28-year-old's personal form dipped alarmingly in the four-Test series against Australia, in which he scored a measly 46 runs at an average of 9.20. The India captain will look to recapture his form with the bat when he returns to play for his franchise from a shoulder injury.

Squad

Players retained

Overseas: AB de Villiers (South Africa), Chris Gayle (West Indies), Adam Milne (New Zealand), Shane Watson (Australia), Samuel Badree (West Indies), Travis Head (Australia), Tabraiz Shamsi (South Africa)

Domestic: Virat Kohli, Yuzvendra Singh Chahal, Harshal Patel, Mandeep Hardev Singh, Sarfaraz Naushad Khan, Sreenath Aravind, Kedar Jadhav, Stuart Binny, Sachin Baby, Iqbal Abdullah, KL Rahul, Avesh Khan

Bought at auction

Overseas: Tymal Mills (England), Billy Stanlake (Australia)

Domestic: Aniket Choudhary, Pawan Negi, Praveen Dubey

History

RCB have made the final three times but have never won the IPL crown. They lost the 2009 final to the Deccan Chargers, while MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings got the better of Bangalore in the 2011 final. RCB's third final defeat came last year against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Fixtures

05/04/17

Wednesday

3.30pm BST

Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Hyderabad

08/04/17

Saturday

3:30pm BST

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Daredevils

Bangalore

10/04/17

Monday

3.30pm BST

Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Indore

14/04/17

Friday

11:30am BST

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians

Bangalore

16/04/17

Sunday

3:30pm BST

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rising Pune Supergiants

Bangalore

18/04/17

Tuesday

3:30pm BST

Gujarat Lions vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Kanpur

23/04/17

Sunday

3:30pm BST

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Kolkata

25/04/17

Tuesday

3:30pm BST

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

Bangalore

27/04/17

Thursday

3:30pm BST

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Lions

Bangalore

29/04/17

Saturday

11:30am BST

Rising Pune Supergiants vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Pune

01/05/17

Monday

3:30pm BST

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab

Bangalore

05/05/17

Friday

11:30am BST

Sunrisers Hyderabad v Rising Pune Supergiants

Hyderabad

07/05/17

Sunday

11:30am BST

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Bangalore

14/05/17

Sunday

3:30pm BST

Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Delhi

Prediction

If key players can stay fit, RCB are a good bet to make the play-offs again.