Virat Kohli was the captain of RCB for nine years. He was able to take his team to the final only once in 2016. Also, the team was at the bottom twice.
Virat Kohli’s innings as the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL came to an end. Before the start of the second half of IPL 2021, he had announced to leave the captaincy. Virat Kohli reached the playoffs in his last IPL as captain but could not end the team’s title drought. His ability to lead the team in IPL has been continuously questioned. So now that he has decided to play only as a player, the question remains.
Virat Kohli first became the captain of RCB in IPL 2021 after Daniel Vettori was injured. Then he was captained in only a few matches. Then in 2013, he became the permanent captain of the team. Since then the responsibility of this team was with him. Under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, RCB has played a total of 140 matches in this league, in which this team lost 70 matches and won 66. The result of the remaining four matches did not come out.
Former India cricketer and two-time IPL winner Gautam Gambhir has repeatedly raised questions on Kohli’s captaincy. In a conversation with ESPNcricinfo, he said, he always looks full of energy on the field. But that is not enough to win the trophy. For this it is necessary to be a good strategist. He doesn’t have the skill a captain needs on the field. One or two overs to go ahead in the match. He captained RCB for a long time, he has been the captain of Team India for a long time but he is behind in terms of strategy and cleverness.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan also believes that Virat Kohli has failed as a captain in the IPL. He said in the program of Cricbuzz, in terms of the kind of talented players RCB had, this team is one of the best, yet they could not win the trophy. That’s why he will be remembered as captain in the IPA because he didn’t win the trophy. This is what happens in high-level sports – completing tasks and winning trophies. Then according to the standards he has set himself, he will see himself as a failure in the IPL because he does not have the trophy.
Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar also did not like Virat Kohli’s captaincy in the IPL. He said, he sets the standard on the field in terms of fitness, application and interest. He is such a player who always believes that he can win from any stage. But I never agreed to choose or use their players. Daniel Vettori, who was the captain of RCB, also talks similarly. He says that Kohli never had the kind of bowlers who would let him win the trophy. At the same time, he was also seen to be very hasty regarding the batting order. Successful teams don’t make mistakes like these.