Virat Kohli, India, and Royal Challengers Bangalore have come under intense scrutiny in the past two months over his credentials as a captain in the shortest format of the game.
Whether it is about removing Virat from leading the Royal Challengers Bangalore following yet another underwhelming campaign or replacing him with five-time IPL-winning captain, Rohit Sharma, not only the fans but also former cricketers have been debating the contentious issue.
Former Indian cricketers like Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag have contrasting views on the matter. While Sehwag wants Kohli to continue as captain, his former opening partner Gautam Gambhir has called for his removal.
Parthiv Patel, who has played for several years under the leadership of Virat Kohli, has refused to side with either Sehwag or Gambhir, adding that it the job of the franchise to take a call. It is pertinent to note that Parthiv Patel had recently hailed Rohit Sharma as a better captain than Virat Kohli.
“I personally felt that we had a team that could win the tournament. Everyone in the camp felt it. We had all the bases covered. Sometimes the playoff games just don’t go your way. Scoring 130 in a playoff game, we came very close. I thought we fought really hard. But as I said, you can’t just blame the captain. There are a lot of other things as well – there is director of cricket, there is head coach – there are a lot of other things involved in it. To blame the captain is also not true,” Parthiv Patel said.
Parthiv further added that Virat is not the only one responsible for RCB not winning an IPL title. He said that team director Mike Hesson and head coach Simon Katich share equal responsibility.
“I personally feel he (Kohli) should not be the only one held responsible for RCB not winning. The role of Mike Hesson, Simon Katich – quite experienced coaches, been there and thereabouts. There isn’t just one factor that is responsible. I feel Virat is not the only one who is responsible for RCB not winning.” he reckoned.