On a recent interview with Gautam Gambhir, he openly spoked about Virat Kohli and said, ” He is lucky he has not been sacked as captain by Royal Challengers Bangalore despite never leading the team to the title”. I don’t see him as a shrewd captain. I don’t see him as a tactful captain. And he hasn’t won the IPL. So ultimately, a captain is only as good as his record,” Gambhir said.
The former India opener also told that there are people who have won the trophy three times. MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma. So he thinks Virat has a long way to go. He cannot be compared to someone like Rohit or Dhoni at this stage because he has been part of RCB, and captaining RCB for the last seven to eight years, and he has been very lucky and should be thanking the franchise that they stuck with him because not many captains have got such a long rope where they haven’t won a tournament.
RCB under Kohli’s Captaincy
Kohli recently blamed poor decision-making for the team’s failures. “The failure lies where decisions aren’t made properly,” Kohli said. Under Kohli, Bangalore has won only 44 and lost 47 matches. He took over the captaincy for full-time in 2012. In seven seasons under Kohli, they have progressed to the playoffs on just two occasions. In recent years, the Royal Challengers have featured the most star-studded batting line-ups in all IPL, and in 2016, Kohli himself broke all records by scoring 973 runs, with Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers not far behind. Yet, the title has eluded them.
Previously heated up Moments between both the players
Previously both the players were involved in a heated up situation against each other, the incident happened off the first delivery of the 10th over bowled by Lakshmipathy Balaji. Kohli, who had hit Pradeep Sangwan for two sixes, went for a hit but was caught in the sweeper cover area. As Gambhir and other players were celebrating the dismissal, Kohli instead of returning back to the pavilion walked towards short extra cover and apparently made a remark. Suddenly, Gambhir was seen walking angrily towards his junior India teammate. However, it was another Delhi lad Rajat Bhatia, who got in between them and tried to calm Gambhir down. Both Gambhir and Kohli sought to downplay the incident at the presentation ceremony.
RCB Fans not happy
On Gambirs recent criticizing statement on Virat, Royal Challengers Bangalore fans lashed out at former Indian batsman over his opinion about Virat Kohli’s captainship for RCB. Gambhir had called Kohli as inefficient captain and said that he cannot be compared to players like MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma who won three IPL titles each. This opinion of Gambhir did not go well with RCB fans, who slammed the former cricketer on social media. While some fans alleged that Gambhir cannot judge Kohli’s captainship on the basis of IPL, others said that Kohli is indeed better than Rohit as captain. Fans took the criticism through the twitter :
Gambhir should keep his opinions to himself only😏😏no one is interested to listen to his shitty thoughts
— Viratian🤗 (@riy9453) March 18, 2019
— Thalapathy Virat Praveen (@mafiapraveen) March 19, 2019
India won an overseas Test & ODI series in Australia, SA & NZ under that captain which supposedly lacks tactics. Enough for him, will take that captain anyday over someone like Rohit at least. And give a bad team, even Dhoni would fail to give you results, no captain would.
— Akshay Sharma (@akshaypasu) March 18, 2019
I respect u @GautamGambhir sir n we know d relationship between u n our champ..Bt tay doesn't mean compare his ability of captaincy on d basis of ipl…N even u r well aware of the new records he has build up for d Indian team as a captain to boost on
— चौकीदार Pratibha#VIRATIAN till infinity❤Namobhakt (@PRaaj2000) March 18, 2019
Really? If Kohli leaves rcb, any team will have him as captain other then csk & mi.
— b (@burhanqutub) March 18, 2019
Former Indian Captain to the rescue
Former Indian Captain Sourav Ganguly comes into the rescue of Current Indian captain and RCB Captain Virat Kohli, he said “If we talk about Virat Kohli and keeping him as a captain, just look at what he has done. What he has done with the bat in every format of the game. Absolute champion. And he deserves to be captain of RCB for whatever period of time. I am sure he will turn it around,” said Ganguly.
While RCB is all set to face the defending champions Chennai Super Kings which will host Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai.