IPL 2022: Faf du Plessis Has Looked Like A Better Leader Than Virat Kohli – Sanjay Manjrekar Gives His Verdict On RCB’s IPL 2022 Campaign

Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis
Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis. Image: BCCI

Former Indian player Sanjay Manjrekar, pondering the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) IPL 2022 season, believed that they showed improvement over last year yet ought to have gone on to win the trophy. He likewise expressed that Faf du Plessis seemed to be a preferable skipper over Virat Kohli.

RCB’s IPL 2022 season reached a conclusion following their seven-wicket misfortune to the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the IPL 2022 Qualifier 2 in Ahmedabad on Friday. Batting first subsequent to losing the toss, Bangalore set up 157 for 8. Rajasthan pursued the target effortlessly riding on Jos Buttler’s bursting hundred.

RCB Have Had Slightly Better Season: Sanjay Manjrekar

Faf Du Plessis
Faf Du Plessis. Image: IPL

Examining Bangalore’s display in IPL 2022, Manjrekar said during a conversation on ESPNcricinfo:

“RCB have had a slightly better season. Some good things have happened. Faf du Plessis has looked like a better leader than Virat Kohli. But more is expected of them.

“Having come this far, they should have won. They’ll know exactly what has gone wrong and what has prevented them from going on to win gold instead of bronze.”

Faf du Plessis Should Continue As Captain In Next Season Of IPL For RCB: Daniel Vettori

Faf du Plessis. Photo-IPL
Faf du Plessis. Photo-IPL

Contributing with his perspectives on RCB captain Du Plessis, former New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori upheld him to go on as a pioneer next season. He was especially intrigued by the South African cricketer’s use of his bowling assets. Vettori said:

“A lot of credit around the bowling unit has to go to Faf. That’s where we see the captaincy at its best. More often than not, he got it right. He started the season well with the bat but, like a lot of other players, he too had a split season. Still, he’s the right option to continue as captain according to me.”

Under Faf Du Plessis, Bangalore finished fourth in the IPL 2022 points table, winning eight and losing six games. RCB additionally won the Eliminator against the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), which was an improvement as they had been knocked out at this stage in the past two seasons.

Mohammed Siraj’s Performance In IPL 2022 Hurt RCB The Most: Daniel Vettori

Mohammed Siraj discussing with Faf du Plessis (Image Credits: IPL)
Mohammed Siraj discussing with Faf du Plessis (Image Credits: IPL)

As per Vettori, pacer Mohammed Siraj’s less than impressive execution in IPL 2022 hurt Bangalore’s mission amazingly. He explained:

“There were expectations around Siraj. Him going at almost 10 for the season is something that we never anticipated. He could have been a difference-maker if he had bowled like he did last season.”

The 28-year-old Siraj scalped nine wickets in 15 matches at an average of 57.11 and an economy rate of 10.08. He went for 31 runs in the two overs that he bowled on Friday and furthermore made the undesirable record of surrendering the most sixes (31) in an IPL season.

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