Bengaluru, April 5: Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday expressed optimism about his franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore’s chances of picking up the title in the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League, beginning April 7.

The 28-year-old believes the current RCB side is `one of the most balanced` teams they have had in the past few years and that it is a massive boost for him as a captain heading into the IPL.

“Well, the auction has gone pretty well for us. I think we have one of the most balanced side we have had in many years. That pleases me a lot as a captain. We are not relying on one skill or the other. I think it is a great balance of spinners, fast bowlers, couple of all-rounders, spinning all-rounders, fast bowling all-rounders. Obviously, the batting has been a strong point for RCB over the years. But, I think the bowling department and strengthening of it has been a massive boost for us from this auction. Pretty optimistic about our chances heading into the IPL,” Kohli said.

The swashbuckling Indian batsman revealed that the RCB, this time around, have picked up players during the IPL Player auction in Bengaluru, keeping in mind their willingness to contribute to the side’s team culture.

“The specialists have done good things for different teams around the world. That is something that we looked at as well before picking these players. Guys, who can contribute to our team culture, guys who are happy contributing on and off the field for the team throughout the IPL. Someone who are not worried about their personal performances as such. So, I think we have got a great bunch of people,” Kohli said.

RCB are slated to begin their IPL campaign against KKR on April 8 at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. (With ANI inputs).