Virat Kohli, RCB
Virat Kohli, RCB

Manoj Tiwary, an Indian cricketer who plays for Bengal in the domestic circuit has blamed RCB skipper Virat Kohli’s failure as an IPL captain on a combination of poor selection, team strategy, and some bad luck.

Royal Challengers Bangalore is one of the franchises that are yet to win an IPL title ever since the league’s inception in 2008. Royal Challengers Bangalore’s best performance under skipper Virat Kohli came in 2016 when the team finished runners-up.

Manoj Tiwary (Reuters Photo)
Manoj Tiwary (Reuters Photo)

Manoj Tiwary: Lots Of Reasons For Virat Kohli’s Team Not Winning IPL

Manoj Tiwary tried to decode one of the IPL’s biggest mysteries while speaking to Sportskeeda’s Indranil Basu in an SK Live session on Facebook.

He explained: “There are lots of reasons for it (Virat Kohli not winning IPL). His record with the Indian cricket team is far better than his record with RCB as a captain. To build a good team, you have to have a good combination.”

Manoj Tiwary pointed out South African swashbuckling batsman AB de Villiers not keeping wickets at the beginning of the tournament held in UAE hurt the team’s prospects.

“Until and unless AB de Villiers keeps for the whole tournament, you will not be able to play another overseas player in your team. We did not see AB keep in the first six or seven games. But eventually, they had to do it,” said Tiwary.

AB de Villiers, Josh Philippe, IPL 2020 in UAE, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB),
AB de Villiers, Josh Philippe, IPL 2020 in UAE, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)

Manoj Tiwary added that the failures of star players and the absence of some overseas players due to injury didn’t help Virat Kohli’s cause in IPL 2020.

“Josh Philippe was a big letdown (last season). They thought he would come and do the job for them at the top of the batting line-up. Unfortunately, he could not contribute. When your overseas players cannot contribute, then your team is in trouble. Chris Morris was also injured in the first half of the tournament,” noted Tiwary.

“Virat Kohli had made a statement that after so many years, they had a balanced side this year (IPL 2020). Unfortunately… Aaron Finch was disappointing as well. These are the main factors (for RCB struggling),” Tiwary added.

Josh Phillipe scored only 78 runs in 5 matches averaging 19.5. Aaron Finch was another letdown scoring only 268 runs in 12 games averaging 22.33. Moeen Ali scored only 12 runs and picked 1 wicket in 3 games and was another failure. Chris Morris did well with the ball picking 11 scalps in 9 games and scored 34 runs with the bat but couldn’t play all matches due to recurrent injuries.

Manoj Tiwary: No comparison between Virat Kohli’s RCB and Rohit Sharma’s MI

Virat Kohli’s captaincy in the IPL has often been compared to Mumbai Indian skipper Rohit Sharma’s, who has led the Mumbai Indians to a record five IPL titles. However, according to veteran Manoj Tiwary, a comparison between the duo is unfair.

“Rohit Sharma’s team and Virat Kohli’s team are completely different. Everything boils down to the combination of the team. Players like Hardik and Krunal, from the time they have come in, have looked unbeaten. They have good three good all-rounders in the lower-order. So, when they get a good start, then they know that these three guys will finish the job for them,” said Tiwary.

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma(Source: IPL)
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma(Source: IPL)

“They have a good scouting team. I can vouch for that. RCB does not have that,” the 35-year-old added.

RCB has retained just 12 squad members before the IPL 2021 auction and released 10 players. The release list includes recently-retired Parthiv Patel and Dale Steyn, who opted out of IPL 2021. RCB released Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Aaron Finch, Chris Morris, Pavan Negi, Parthiv Patel (retired), Dale Steyn (unavailable), Isuru Udana, Umesh Yadav from their IPL 2020 squad before IPL 2021.