AB de Villiers set to replace Virat Kohli as RCB Captain ∼ Former South Africa cricketer AB de Villiers has been appointed as the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore side. He will replace Virat Kohli, who has failed to help his side cross the line and bag the IPL trophy under his leadership.
AB de Villiers set to replace Virat Kohli as RCB Captain
According to reports in Karnataka’s Suvarna News and News 18, Kohli has been removed from captaincy after yet another failure in the 2018 season. De Villiers will be available for the entire season and he will lead the pack under the eyes of new coach Gary Kristen. Kristen replaced Daniel Vettori while the franchise has retained Ashish Nehra as the bowling coach of the team.
AB de Villiers to explore the T20 set-up
Kohli led the franchise since 2013 but RCB never tasted a tournament triumph in all these years. De Villiers is trying to make the most of his post-retirement days. He recently announced that he will take part in the Pakistan Premier League (PSL). “Pakistan Super League has grown into one of the top T20 tournaments in the world and I’ve really enjoyed watching PSL matches in recent years. Pakistan Super League is a league that has given Pakistan so much to cheer about. I certainly can’t wait and I’ll see you there.” he said in a video message.
Nehra retained by RCB
The Bangalore franchise will look to start on a fresh page with the appointment of De Villiers as the new skipper. They will also pin hopes on Nehra to strengthen the bowling unit. “I had the privilege to join the coaching team of RCB last season and feel very passionately about the team. I want to thank the team management for considering me in a leadership position with the franchise and look forward to the successful seasons ahead,” Nehra said after being retained by the franchise for yet another season.