Royal Challengers Bangalore and India skipper Virat Kohli are within the spotlight for quite a while now. Kohli’s decision to step down as RCB captain has created a stir in the Indian cricketing world. Reports are coming out that suggest he could be ‘removed as RCB captain’ mid-way through this IPL. The Royal Challengers were defeated by Knight Riders nine wickets.
Post-match an anonymous former India cricketer told IANS there is now “a possibility” for him (Kohli) not to have another bad game at bat or behind it if they decide his tenure isn’t worth continuing during these next few matches.
“Look at the way he was playing against Kolkata Knight Riders. Just clueless! It seems he is struggling big time right now. There are chances that he could be removed mid-way through the season. It has happened earlier also with other teams — like with Dinesh Karthik in KKR and David Warner in Sunrisers Hyderabad, among others. They were either removed or they stepped down mid-way. So it can happen in RCB as well… I have this feeling after watching yesterday’s match. One more bad game and you can see a change in RCB captaincy right away,” said the former cricketer.
In 2013, Kohli was appointed as RCB skipper and had failed to help the side lift their maiden IPL title despite having excelled as a batsman. Since taking over from Daniel Vettori with 66 losses and 4 no-results under his belt.
The RCB batsmen were all out for 92 as KKR overwhelmed them in Abu Dhabi.
As far as the current situation goes, AB de Villiers would be an ideal candidate to replace Kohli should RCB management decide they want a change. Yuzvendra Chahal may also make some sense for that role if his performances improves but he’s not really in consideration at this time.
Devdutt Padikkal, one of the brightest stars in Bengaluru’s side is still quite young and can be seen as a future prospect for leadership roles with his ability to score runs quickly when called upon by management.
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