Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli [Photo-Twitter]

Virat Kohli, India and Royal Challengers Bangalore captain, has once again come in the firing line following yet another underwhelming campaign for his franchise and his inability to lead his side to an elusive IPL title.

Kohli’s RCB had a decent campaign this time around as they managed to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2016. But after having won 7 games in their first 10 fixtures, the wheels once again came off as they proceeded to lose five on the bounce to eventually bow out of the competition following a seven-wicket defeat to SunRisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli with his RCB teammates (Credits: IPL)

Following the defeat, many pundits of the game including former Indian opener, Gautam Gambhir, have been calling for the RCB skipper to be held accountable for his repeated failures as a leader but Virender Sehwag has now come out in support of his former Indian teammate.

Sehwag believes that a captain is as good as his team and removing Virat Kohli will not solve RCB’s issues. Sehwag, in turn, urged the management to include more match-winning players in the set-up to relieve the humungous pressure that Virat and AB de Villiers carry on their shoulders.

“A captain is only as good as his team. When Virat Kohli captains India, he is able to deliver the results. He wins matches – ODIs, T20Is Tests. But when he captains RCB, his team is not able to perform,” Virnender Sehwag told Cricbuzz.

“It is very important for the captain to have a good team. So, I believe the management should not try and think of changing their captain and rather think of how they can improve this team. Who all should be added to the team to make sure their performance improves?”


Virender Sehwag calls for stability in the Virat Kohli-led RCB batting-0rder

Virender Sehwag further added that RCB needed ro have a settled batting-order, something they have never had. He also urged the Virat Kohli-led team-management to show more faith in their Indian fast bowlers.

“Every team has a settled batting order but RCB have never had that. It’s only ABD and Virat, who keep shuffling up and down the order. With Padikkal coming to the fore, I reckon RCB need to have one more opener and a good lower-order batsman,” Virender Sehwag said.

These five batsmen should be enough to win them matches. The same way, they’d have to trust their Indian fast bowlers. Everyone gets taken to the cleaners. It’s not as if Rabada, Morris and others haven’t been taken for runs.” he added.

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