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IPL 2019: Virat Kohli responds to Gautam Gambhir’s captaincy jibe

Gambhir had termed Kohli lucky to continue as the RCB captain.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Both players have been known for their aggressive captaincy. In the past, the two were even engaged in a heated confrontation on the ground while leading their respective teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL). And it seems the rivalry is not over even after one of the two challengers has quit the game. Yes, we are talking of Gautam Gambhir, the former cricketer and captain of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Delhi Capitals (formerly Daredevils) and Virat Kohli, the captain of India who also leads Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

Even though he has won several big titles internationally, including the 50-over World Cup in 2011 and a Test series in Australia more recently, Kohli is yet to taste the championship title in the IPL despite leading RCB for a while now. Gambhir took the opportunity to take a dig at a trophyless Kohli in the T20 tournament saying he is lucky that the franchise is trusting him despite the dry run.

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Gambhir also cited the examples of Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni, the other accomplished captains in the tournament with three titles each. Gambhir, who joined the BJP recently, is the second most successful captain in the IPL with two titles that he won for the KKR in 2012 and 2014.

Virat Kohli, though, is not too much concerned about the fact that he is yet to win a trophy in the IPL as the captain. The 30-year-old has been with the Royal Challengers since the very beginning and took over the mantle in 2013. He saw his team reaching the final in 2016 but lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad by just eight runs.

Last year, the RCB finished sixth. Under Kohli’s captaincy, they have won 44 out of 96 games and lost 48 with a success percentage of 45.83. “Obviously, you want to win the IPL,” Kohli said in the pre-match presser.

I try to win all possible titles

“I am doing what I am supposed to do. I don’t care whether I am going to be judged on this [not winning IPL] or not. There is no real, sort of, parameters you set. I try to perform wherever I can. I try to win all the possible titles, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen. We have to be practical about why we haven’t won one. That boils down to bad decision-making in pressure situations,” Virat Kohli further said.

He also said that if he thought about people from outside, he could not even sustain five games and remain sitting at home. “I know people talk about it a lot and they like to grab opportunities to talk about these things. But I have a responsibility here and given a chance, as a captain, I would love to win the IPL for my team. We all are motivated to do so,” the RCB skipper signed off.

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