<div class="mceTemp"></div> <p></p> <p></p>[caption id="attachment_817974" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-817974" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/ABD-AFP.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="355" /> Bangalore were dismal last season after having finished at the sixth spot losing eight of their 14 matches. @ AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/virat-kohli/">Virat Kohli</a>-led <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/royal-challengers-bangalore">Bangalore</a> franchise have been perennial chokers in the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/indian-premier-league">Indian T20 league</a>. However, this time, they are primed to deliver in the 12<sup>th</sup> edition according to former <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/south-africa/">South Africa</a> captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ab-de-villiers/">AB de Villiers</a>, who is one of the batting mainstays of the team along with Kohli. <p></p> <p></p>Bangalore were dismal last season after having finished at the sixth spot losing eight of their 14 matches. Kohli too went on to state that his side don t deserve to win. We need to be hard on ourselves and be braver with the ball and in the field. We need to correct those things going forward. We didn t deserve to win, he had said. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/ipl-2019-its-a-big-possibility-virat-kohli-on-skipping-few-matches-for-rcb-817905">It's a big possibility: Kohli on skipping matches for Bangalore</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>This time, Bangalore have been injected with fresh coaching staff. Former India s 2011 World Cup-winning coach <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/gary-kirsten/">Gary Kirsten</a> is at the helm of affairs with <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ashish-nehra/">Ashish Nehra</a> as the bowling coach. De Villiers believes Kirsten brings vast experience and his presence will make a difference. <p></p> <p></p> Gary Kirsten has arrived as head coach, bringing vast experience and knowledge to the squad. He is a proven leader of men, and his attention to detail in all aspects of the game is remarkable. I have worked with him before, and it s wonderful to see him so determined and motivated to guide this squad, De Villiers wrote in his column of the <em>Times of India</em> on Saturday. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/ipl-2019-dont-care-being-judged-on-winning-ipl-title-virat-kohli-817901">Don't care whether I'm going to be judged on winning Indian T20 league: Kohli</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p> We have balance, not only in cricketing terms but also in experience; this has not always been the case in past RCB squads, but the balance between bat and ball feels right, the balance between experience and youth feels right. <p></p> <p></p>Kohli and Co. also added more firepower to the batting arsenal with the signing of Caribbean batsman <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/shimron-hetmyer/">Shimron Hetmyer</a>, who was impressive during West Indies tour of India. Shimron can also bring something new to the team; he has consistently finished matches for the West Indies in recent seasons, and is a genuine force in T20 cricket. The left-hander from Guyana has been looking great in the nets, ABD explained. <p></p> <p></p> <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/heinrich-klaasen/">Heinrich Klaasen</a> will prove a crucial middle-order batsman with excellent big match temperament who plays the spinners well; I know him from Titans in Pretoria, and he can prove a fantastic asset. <p></p> <p></p> Our shared squad resolve to be the most professional squad, on and off the field; our captain Virat Kohli has stressed the importance of doing things right at all times, and so giving ourselves the best chance of performing to our potential. (<strong>WATCH: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/videos/ipl-2019-virat-kohlis-royal-challengers-bangalore-vs-ms-dhonis-chennai-super-kings-in-ipl-opener-817717">Kohli's Bangalore vs Dhoni's Chennai in T20 league opener</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>Bangalore will kick-start their campaign as they lock horn with defending champions Chennai in the season opener on Saturday at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.