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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

IPL 2015: Virat Kohli and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)...

It has been settled for me that captaincy does not certainly suit Virat Kohli. I had a chance this year to watch him perform since ICC World Cup 2015. My observation so far is he has failed consistently to exhibit certain leadership qualities.

First of all he gets excited for very small achievements, and quite expressive. Certainly not like the cool captain 'M. S. Dhoni' caliber.

Second his performance as a batsman really concerns me, being a fan of Indian Cricket Team. He has failed consistently to perform under pressure. Right since the world cup quarter final till todays IPL game against Rajasthan Royals. The RCB’s victories so far in this IPL should be credited either to Gayle, A B Devilliers, bowlers performance or anybody else other than Virat Kohli. He has not delivered a match winning or the great wall performance. If he has in any match so far, I must have missed it. If we talk about the previous match where RCB defeated RR and RCB had to chase 134 where conditions were in favor of batting, I really do not think that was the pressure situation, which one would expect Captain to stand up for the team. He had apparently many opportunities in this IPL but he stood for none.  Sometimes I doubt if he should hold the position of a player as well in the Indian Cricket Team and giving him a rest for few matches would not do harm to Indian Cricket Team and to VK as well.

I see a great potential in Yuvaraj Singh as a captain of Indian Cricket Team especially in One day (50 overs) or T20 (20 overs) format of the game. His fitness is the concern but I’m sure if given a chance, proper attention and encouragement he would overcome all the physical limitations and could prove to be very useful to hold nation’s flag high in the game of Cricket which is considered to be nation’s pride. Besides, Yuvi has already proved his leadership qualities in Under 19 World Cup, where his team had won the Under 19 World Cup for the India. Such a player is not even counted in the India’s national squad for the world cup. Little dis-heartening.

Virat may be a gentleman and a man of great character, on and off the field, but what matters on the ground while standing with the team of 11, especially for the Captain is the contribution, performance, dependability, consistency and most important maturity…

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