In the league’s history, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), an IPL team, has never claimed the championship. The Bangalore team reached the finals three times—in 2009, 2011, and 2016—but was unable to win the championship. Even having prominent figures like AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli on the team couldn’t change their fortunes.

During his ten-year tenure as captain, former RCB captain Virat Kohli was unable to end the title drought, and the same was true under new captain Faf Du Plessis up until the 2017–18 season. De Villiers, a former player for RCB, is optimistic that the IPL team’s terrible luck will turn around as it enters its sixteenth season in 2023. The South African told Star Sports that RCB will be able to break free once they win their first championship and that they may go on to quickly win a few more trophies after that.

How many seasons have passed by now? fourteen, fifteen, or whatever. Therefore, they are eager to remove the chains. I believe that if RCB wins one game, they will likely win two, three, and four games quickly, but let’s wait and see what happens because T20 cricket can occasionally be a bit of a gamble. Especially in knockout games, but hopefully, RCB’s time is coming soon,” de Villiers said.

De Villiers had previously stated that he would stop playing cricket altogether in 2021. The right-handed batter, known to his supporters as Mr.360, participated in 184 IPL games and amassed 5162 runs at an average of 39.71 runs per game.

The 38-year-old has made it clear that he intends to rejoin RCB in 2023 in a different position. In the meantime, RCB is hoping that the comeback of one of their most well-known players will enable them to end the curse.