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IPL: Former RCB captain Daniel Vettori says Virat Kohli is a ‘good captain’

Kohli himself had a good series as he finished as the franchise’s highest scorer and even slammed a hundred.

Virat Kohli vs Delhi Capitals
Virat Kohli. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Captaining Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is turning out to be one of the most challenging jobs in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The franchise finished eighth among eight teams in the 2019 edition despite a change in coaching and it is the third straight season that it has failed to make it to the playoffs. Captain Virat Kohli has come under fire from certain sections for having failed to lead the team to a better conclusion since the RCB had finished runners-up in the 2016 edition.

However, Kohli’s predecessor Daniel Vettori has stood by him saying the latter is always open to listen to others and that makes him a “good captain”.

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“When I used to speak to him or any other coaches [used to] speak to him, there is always a conversation around what you think is best, where can this work,” ESPNCricinfo quoted the New Zealander who had led the RCB to the final in the 2011 edition but lost to the Chennai Super Kings as saying. The former left-arm spinner had led the RCB for two years and was succeeded by Kohli in 2013.

“It wouldn’t always be a number-driven conversation. It would be around some intuition and understanding of the game. I think, ultimately, when you sold a compelling story to Virat, he was always on board, open to listening and that made him such a good captain,” the 40-year-old who has also led the Black Caps in international cricket, said.

RCB had a terrible start to IPL 2019 but finished with 1 point less than 4th qualifier

The RCB had a terrible start to their campaign in IPL 2019 as they lost six matches on the trot. However, they made some form of a comeback and ended up with 11 points, which was only one less than the fourth team (Sunrisers Hyderabad) that made the playoffs. Kohli himself had a good series as he finished as the franchise’s highest scorer and even slammed a hundred in the tournament.

Kohli thanked the RCB fans for all the support and assured them that they would everything possible to turn things around in the 2020 edition.

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