IPL: 5 reasons why Virat Kohli should step down as RCB captain
Kohli has failed to win the tournament as the leader for the sixth successive season.
Updated - May 21, 2018 2:17 pm
The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is one of the most followed and loved franchises in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The team has always been blessed with some of the best cricketers in the world and every year they start as favourites only to fade away in the latter stages of the tournament. This year was no different as they yet again finished in the bottom half of the points table and attracted the ire of the fans. They choked in the must-win game against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) and were eventually kicked out of the tournament.
But the catch here is why it comes down to the must-win situation for such a high-profile and talented side in every season. In 2016, they reached the final of the tournament only on the back of Virat Kohli who had hit a purple patch scoring four centuries in a season and that too they qualified by winning four back-to-back games. Even this time around they kept on losing the matches early in the season and then found their groove when things were almost out of their hands.
Virat Kohli, as a captain of the franchise, has come under the scanner over the team’s lacklustre performances over the years and even the fans want him to step down now. Here we bring you the five reasons why he should consider resigning as the leader of the pack:
1. Poor retentions in the auction
RCB had an opportunity to retain some of their big stars in the mega-auction earlier this year. The captain always has his say in the retentions and it goes without saying that Kohli must have given his inputs to the franchise on whom he wanted in his team. They surprisingly let go of the likes of Chris Gayle and KL Rahul who eventually went on to win the games for their new team Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). There could’ve used the Right to Match (RTM) card for at least one of them but went against it and instead retained Sarfaraz Khan and Pawan Negi.
Both the players disappointed in the limited opportunities they got and were not even in the playing XI for most of the matches. While Negi featured only in a couple of matches, Sarfaraz, who was retained as the third player alongside Kohli and AB de Villiers, played 7 games with absolutely poor returns. The poor team management has been an issue for RCB which continued to haunt them.