The Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise was purchased by Vijay Mallya in 2008 which was the second highest bid for a team. Over the years, the side had a great batting line-up consisting of hard hitters like Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli. The experience of Zaheer Khan in the bowling unit during his time with the team was very crucial. Daniel Vettori's presence helped the side as far as spin bowling was concerned.
In its red and golden yellow team colours, Bangalore had its moments of glory when they ended up as the finalists in the second edition, losing the title to eventual winners Deccan Chargers. After a decent performance in the third season, the team rose to prominence in the fourth, thanks to the big West Indian, Chris Gayle; who quickly turned the tide for his team despite a late entry into the competition. He was not only the Orange Cap holder but was also adjudged Player of the Tournament for his all-round performance. The team lost to Chennai Super Kings in 2011 final, although they qualified to play in the third edition of the Champions League T20, only to end up losing to Mumbai Indians in the finale.
The Challengers added two new players to the squad in 2012, India's R Vinay Kumar and Sri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan ahead of the fifth season. Despite a star-studded line-up and a fruitful campaign until the playoff stages, the team failed to make the final cut for the top four and eventually got kicked out of the tournament.
RCB blew hot and cold since then, but their best time came in 2015 and 2016. In the former, they made it to the knock-outs but didn't qualify for the final and in the latter, they made it to the final but lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad. The 2016 season though, was largely Virat Kohli's year as he scored 973 runs, setting a new record in the IPL.
Post that, they had two seasons to forget. In spite of having a strong team on paper almost every time, RCB struggled to win any trophy. Still, they always start the season of IPL as one of the title contenders.