RCB is literally a brand in IPL. Even if they don’t have a single title, their popularity is so high. Being the captain of such a branded side is very tough. And if he is the Indian Captain, the pressure is unimaginable. Above all, if he is Virat Kohli, then there is no need to say more.
Captaining a side for 100 games is a special achievement for many reasons. When Kohli led RCB last match, he became the third captain in the IPL history to achieve this feat. Leading a side since 2013 is a long stint. Kohli is also the only player to have represented a single franchise in all seasons. Only MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir have led in more IPL games than Kohli. Rohit Sharma is also nearing 100 games as captain.
But the fact is that among those four, Kohli is the only one who doesn’t have an IPL title. While he is having none, the other three have led their sides to 8 of the last 9 IPL titles! RCB is even finding difficult to reach the Playoffs too. Post 2013, only in 2016 they had an exceptional tournament. Thanks to Kohli’s dream run with the bat.
RCB were 6th in the table last year and last in 2017. Even this year the situation is the same. RCB is the only team yet to win a match in the 2019 edition of the IPL. They sit at the bottom of the point table with a poor net run-rate. If the captain was someone and not Virat Kohli, then definitely he would have been sacked. Stepping down the current Indian skipper will definitely lead to many controversies. And it will definitely affect their Fan base. But How long?
RCB is looking very confused this season. They always had a weaker bowling lineup compared to their batting. But this time even their batsmen are displaying a very poor show. They have already been dismissed below 100 once in this season. And one 113 will also include in the remaining three. They are yet to find an opening pair. How long they would experiment their batting. They have already tried three opening pair and in the last match they went back to the one they tried in the opening game.
They need to answer many more questions. How long they will try Shimron Hetmyer? He is yet to reach 2-digit in this year’s IPL. Will they stick onto Moeen Ali again? He too is yet to produce a match-winning innings. Why don’t they try hitters like Heinrich Klaasen. Similar is the case with the bowling department. Why all-rounders such as Washington Sundar and Pawan Negi are left out? Washington Sundar is someone who has been seen as next-Ashwin. But Still not used. Why?
This time if RCB finishes down, then definitely Kohli will have to answer many people. Players like Gambhir have already questioned his captaincy skills. Unlike the previous years, this year he is even failing with the bat. The temperament and patience, we normally see in Kohli are not seen yet. He just scored 78 Runs in 4 innings at an average of 19.50. Strike rate is also below 100. Expecting him always to score big is unfair, but the current situation of RCB demand so. Same is the case with Ab Devilliers. Apart from that one long innings, he too is seeing unsettled this time.
Even though captaining India and RCB are two different things, Kohli needs to have some momentum as well as positive results. Being in the losing side for first 4 games is very difficult. It is a herculean task to comeback hard. But with players like Kohli and Devilliers in your side, anything is possible