Questions have been raised about the captaincy of Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli since his team crashed out of IPL 2020 after the loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator.
Former India opener and two-time IPL champion with the Kolkata Knight Riders Gautam Gambhir also questioned the basis of Kohli remaining as the RCB skipper after failing to win the crown in eight seasons.
However, his opening partner and the World Cup winning batsman Virender Sehwag differed with Gambhir when it came to Virat Kohli’s captaincy at RCB.
Sehwag said that a captain was as good as his team, and argued how Kohli is able to win matches as the India skipper but not able to replicate that success at the RCB. He suggested that instead of changing their skipper, the team management needs to get better players into the side and try and ensure that they perform.
“A captain is only as good as his team. When Virat Kohli captains India, he is able to deliver the results. He wins matches ODIs, T20Is Tests. But when he captains RCB, his team is not able to perform,” Virender Sehwag told Cricbuzz.
“It is very important for the captain to have a good team. So, I believe the management should not try and think of changing their captain and rather think of how they can improve this team. Who all should be added to the team to make sure their performance improves,” Sehwag added.
RCB over-reliant on Kohli and ABD, says Sehwag
He also suggested that the problem in the team’s approach is their overdependence on Virat Kohli and AB de Villers when it comes to batting. He said that with a few tweaks in the team, RCB should be able to get back to winning ways.
“Every team has a settled batting order but RCB have never had that. It’s only ABD and Virat, who keep shuffling up and down the order.
“With Padikkal coming to the fore, I reckon RCB need to have one more opener and a good lower-order batsman. These five batsmen should be enough to win them matches.
The same way, they’d have to trust their Indian fast bowlers. Everyone gets taken to the cleaners. It’s not as if Rabada, Morris and others haven’t been taken for runs,” he added.