Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB) has the most lethal batting line up but they have failed to lift the Indian Premier League(IPL) trophy even once under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. The renowned Hindi cricket commentator and YouTuber Aakash Chopra has not only blamed the captain but also the RCB’s team management for their failure.
RCB has three times entered the grand finale of the IPL in 2009, 2011 and lastly, in 2016 where they were defeated by Sunrisers Hyderabad. In the last edition, they finished at the bottom in the points table, winning only five matches out of 14. The Bangalore based franchise was badly trolled for their performance even though they have excellent batters like Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.
Virat Kohli can not do miracles: Aakash Chopra
Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra has mentioned several pointers where Virat Kohli led side lacks. He said that the captain can not do miracles if the team has not an effective combination.
“He [Kohli] is surely not a successful IPL captain. The team has not done well, it is actually a fact. And it is not one or two years, but many seasons. There are manifold reasons for that. First thing is that they don’t pick the correct team. If you see their squad’s strength, you can observe glaring mistakes. You can punch holes in them,” Chopra said while responding to a question on his YouTube channel.
He explained that RCB needs to cash-in death over bowlers who can intimidate the opposition. He also finds fault in the middle order batting line up. As per him, there is a dearth of batsmen in the middle who can build innings for RCB.
“There are no fast bowlers, who will bowl at the death, who will bat at No.5 and No.6. They have never addressed these problems. It is a top-heavy batting team, always a thin bowling line-up, the same Yuzi Chahal, just the same fast bowler, that’s about it. If you don’t pick the team properly, don’t expect miracles from a captain,” Aakash Chopra
Team management has to support Kohli: Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra acknowledges the workload Virat Kohli carries as the Indian captain. So, he urges RCB‘s team management to do their job effectively without burdening the captain.
“Second reason is that when the Indian team captain is the skipper of your franchise, you don’t stretch his bandwidth beyond a point. This is with regards to once again the squad selection. The other people need to do a very good job at the time of squad selection,” Aakash Chopra said.
“I am sure MS Dhoni would have given the CSK management a list of 3-4 players to be picked and left the rest to the support staff when he was the Indian captain. It is almost impossible for you to sit in the auction and spoon feed the management to pick a particular team. You have to support him, I don’t think Kohli has had that kind of support from his support staff.”
Meanwhile, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has assured that fans would witness IPL this though India is still battling with the deadly virus.