Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 is getting interesting by the day, but, not for Royal Challengers Bangalore. The fans, team players, owners, and the management alike are desperate for their first win this season. After having compiled a high-profile team, the owners and team management would have wanted to see some good results, starting from IPL opener against Chennai which resulted in a humiliating defeat.
This is the 12th IPL season and a team like RCB is still without a title in its portfolio. The question arises: why? What went wrong? Or what continues to hinder the team’s success?
If you look at the individual names, RCB is probably the best team on paper. Who is to blame for the losses? In the cricketing world, the first person to be questioned is almost always the captain. In this case, it’s Virat Kohli.
While the modern legend has enjoyed a stellar record as a captain with India in all formats, IPL is an area where he needs serious advice. Or he might be better off playing as a batsman. Then again, a player of Virat’s stature might not agree to play under a youngster.
Tonight’s match against Kolkata Knight Riders provides an opportunity for Kohli to shut the critics and prove his worth both as a batsman and as a captain.
Let’s have a look at the numbers and see why Virat Kohli should be replaced as RCB captain:
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Virat Kohli as Captain
Moving forward, let’s have a look at RCB’s record ever since he took over the captaincy in 2013.
The dismal record speaks for Virat’s poor captaincy at the cash-rich league. When it comes to individual performances, he is the best without a doubt, but in terms of guiding the team to victories, the skipper needs a lot of improvement.
In their 4th match this year against Rajasthan Royals, the 30-year old completed his century of leading RCB. However, his track record is abysmal, to say the least. Until now, his team has won 44 matches, while losing 51 in a 100 outings. Three matches yielded no result while two matches were tied.
As rightly pointed out by former Australian pacer, Mitchell Johnson, who said that RCB can win this year’s IPL provided they get rid of Kohli’s captaincy.
Earlier, former Indian batsman, Gautam Gambhir had also voiced his opinion regarding Kohli’s captaincy. He said:
“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.”
India vs RCB
Virat has proved to be an amazing successor of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. His track record as a captain is astounding and his numbers prove that. ICC Test Mace for a third consecutive year, top rankings in ODI cricket and T20I cricket speak volumes about his smart decision making. The best thing about him is his charismatic personality and energy in the field. He leads from the front, setting a perfect example for the youngsters to contribute to the team’s success.
On the other hand, in the last two years, RCB finished 6th and 8th respectively in 2018 and 2017. And this year’s chances also look bleak. With 4 defeats from as many games, the fans are now desperate to see their team win. And this has also led to a number of fans asking Kohli to give up the captaincy role at the RCB.
Virat Kohli as an Individual Player
When it comes to overall record for most runs, Kohli is second only to Suresh Raina (5086 ) with 5026 runs. However, he has played fewer innings than the Chennai Super Kings batsman; 159 to 176.
He boasts 4 centuries, 34 fifties and 178 sixes until now. The numbers are massive and are reflective of his abilities with the bat.
This year, the captain has not only failed to make good decisions, he has also fared poorly with the bat. He has made only 78 runs at a miserly average of 19.50 in 4 innings, which is another reason for RCB’s poor campaign this year.
What Fans Want
Microblogging platform, Twitter is swarmed with fans’ requests to remove Kohli as RCB’s captain. Let’s have a look at what the people are saying:
Kohli’s got himself to blame for this poor performance.
Sad to see a champion like Kohli losing for RCB. But he's only got himself to blame. Indian pace bowling looks thin, your hav NCN & Southee in the hut, but won't play them. Can't comprehend Ali playing (1 over 0-14 today), when a better Indian option Sundar is carrying drinks.
— Srini Mama (@SriniMaama16) April 2, 2019
No one is spared on the internet:
Virat Kohli haven't won a single game since he wear that army cap.
Tribute to indian army still going on.
— Aqeel. (@AqeelSays_) April 3, 2019
Numbers don’t lie.
Virat Kohli as captain since 24 Feb 2019…
last two T20Is for India: L L
last three ODIs for India: L L L
last four IPL games for RCB: L L L L
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 3, 2019
On a lighter note.
— Arun Gunasekaran (@arung410) April 2, 2019
RCB is still hopeful.
Cap'n Kohli: We have 10 games to go. If we start turning things around pretty soon, then we can get on a roll as well. We have to keep believing as a side. Just four games in, we would have liked one result our way if not two.#playBold
— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 3, 2019
Is it so?
— kumar🇮🇳 (@kumaar_DHFC) April 2, 2019
Sometimes a change is all you need to turn things around.
@imVkohli virat pls step down from RCB captaincy and let AB take over. Not because u r a bad captain but that change can bring the champion out from you. RCB will win more games with your knocks.
— Rajesh Nair (@Kunjurajesh) April 3, 2019
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