The ads and promos made the team look rather promising, despite getting comments as the most boring lineup since they had a few test match stars. It is indeed sad when people tend to put down an outfit just because of who they have. I do agree every individual is important, but the magic of teamwork can come from a great set of individuals.
BRC does have a great set of T20 players like Robin Uthappa, Mark Boucher, Ross Taylor, Jacques Kallis, and even Dravid, who managed to play some T20 like innings, though he is definitely suited to the longer version of the game.
This season the BRC is looking rather venomous.
The entry of Kevin Pietersen as the new captain teaming up with the likes of Jesse Ryder and Roelof van der Werve is a treat. It would be a real test for opposing batsmen if Dale Steyn and Nathan Bracken are to bowl together. Virat Kohli and Cameron White need to do a little more to prove themselves according to my opinion for the BRC.
Praveen Kumar is still there, but yes, the BRC will miss Zaheer Khan as he is now on the Mumbai Indians. Anyone who wishes to still call this side a test match side could be gravely proven wrong on any given day.
Last year the BRC had a lot of glamour associated with them as they had the cheerleaders from the Washington Redskins as their own cheerleaders. I do not think I have to explain more. The glamour quotient was furthered by the presence of Katrina Kaif as the brand ambassador.
This season the BRC looks far different from the others. It is way too early to write them off and no one should look at the team that played in the first edition as this is a totally different outfit.