Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra has spoken about the possible captaincy options for Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of IPL 2022. The franchise retained Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and Mohammed Siraj as their three players ahead of the mega auction. They are on the lookout for experienced players who can lead the side.
Aakash Chopra in his recent Youtube video explored the captaincy options for the franchise. He said that Virat Kohli could have been the most possible option but he has already given up on captaincy.
“You have retained Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and Siraj. Can any of them be the captain? Kohli could have been but he has said that he will not become the captain. In fact, now he is a ruler with no kingdom. He is the king of no kingdom at this point in time,” said Chopra.
Chopra further said that the franchise should not look at Glenn Maxwell as captain as that might not allow him to perform at his best. He scored 521 runs for the franchise in IPL 2021 with six fifty-plus scores.
“Can they think about Maxwell? Maxwell is a tempting option but he is also a volatile option. His performance was very good last year. In fact, RCB should pat their backs that they got such good performances from him. But could he be their captain? Tough choice, I won’t really go down that route,” aid Chopra on Maxwell.
Glenn Maxwell Is A Tempting But Volatile Option: Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra picked Shreyas Iyer as his number one pick for players who can lead the franchise. Iyer led Delhi Capitals in the IPL between 2018 and 2020 and achieved decent success. The side made the playoffs in 2019 and played the final in 2020.
“Shreyas Iyer is an option. Bangalore can think about him but personally, he is not my No. 1 pick for Bangalore because the ground is not like that. He is a top-order batter and it will not work out if you send him below No. 4. You might not have a place till No. 4 as you have Kohli and Maxwell, and you are trying to bat Maxwell up the order,” said Chopra on Iyer.
Among the foreigners, Aakash Chopra picked Jason Holder as a good choice to lead the franchise saying that he is an unassuming cricketer and will not take center stage.
“They can either think about Maxwell or let me just throw a name here – Jason Holder. He is an unassuming character, does not impose himself, he is absolutely perfect for a franchise like RCB. He will play all the matches, he knows how to run a team and he will never take the center stage,” concluded Chopra.