IPL 2022: 5 Players who can replace Virat Kohli as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain

IPL 2022: 5 Players who can replace Virat Kohli as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain

The Challengers are set to undergo a massive overhaul after Kohli stepped down as their skipper and AB de Villiers' retirement.

5. Manish Pandey

Manish Pandey
Manish Pandey. (Photo source: IPL/BCCI)

The flamboyant batter from Karnataka, was purchased by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the year 2018 for a whopping 11 crores. Since then, he has been the cornerstone in SRH’s batting line-up. Unfortunately, he endured a disastrous IPL 2021 and was eventually dropped from the playing XI. He is unlikely to be retained by the Hyderabad franchise and will be back to the auction tables this year.

Manish Pandey has extensive experience as a captain in domestic cricket. He has captained Karnataka’s domestic team in recent years and has been quite successful. In SMAT 2021, he led Karnataka to the finals despite the absence of key players such as Mayank Agarwal and Devdutt Padikkal. He is regarded as an astute captain and a brilliant man manager.

With a number of superstars already present in the RCB setup in Kohli and Maxwell, he is the type of guy who can take the franchise forward and help them play as a team. Furthermore, he is a local lad who has the potential to become the franchise’s face in the future by instilling some local fervour. Manish Pandey will also cherish the opportunity to bat at his home ground at the Chinnaswamy. He is the type of batter who can command innings in all phases of the game.

He can demolish any bowling attack when paired with Kohli or Maxwell. He also performs well under pressure, as evidenced by his match-winning innings for KKR in the IPL 2014 final. In addition to his batting ability, he is an exceptional fielder who is capable of taking some stunners and changing the course of a game. Overall, he has the potential to be the matchwinner that RCB seeks.

Written by Satyam

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