IPL 2019: Virat not a shrewd captain, can’t compare him with Dhoni and Rohit, says Gambhir

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While analysing Royal Challengers Bangalore in the lead up to IPL 2019, Gautam Gambhir said Virat Kohli should be thankful to RCB for sticking with him for so long despite his inability to win the trophy. 

Virat Kohli will lead RCB's bid for an elusive title from March 23 in IPL 2019 (@ImVkohli Photo)

Virat Kohli will lead RCB’s bid for an elusive title from March 23 in IPL 2019 (@ImVkohli Photo)

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  • I don’t see Virat Kohli as a shrewd captain or a tactful captain: Gautam Gambhir
  • Ultimately a captain is only as good as his record till the time you don’t win the IPL: Gambhir
  • Virat Kohli will lead RCB’s bid for the elusive title in IPL 2019

Former India captain Gautam Gambhir has said Virat Kohli should be thankful to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for sticking with him despite his inability to win an Indian Premier League (IPL) title with the franchise.

Gambhir, who had led Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL titles before retiring from all forms of cricket last year, added that Kohli has a long way to go when it comes to being regarded as a formidable captain in the IPL.

Virat Kohli has been part of RCB ever since the franchise’s inception in 2008. In 2013, Kohli took over as full-time captain of the side ahead of that year’s IPL. Notably, he had started leading the side as early as the fourth edition of the league in 2011.

Despite possessing some of the big names from world cricket, the IPL title has been eluding RCB. Under Kohli, RCB had reached the final of the 2016 edition only to lose to Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Kohli should be very thankful to RCB: Gambhir

While insisting RCB have assembled a balanced side for IPL 2019, Gambhir said Kohli can’t be spoken in the same breath as MS Dhoni or Rohit Sharma when it comes to captaincy in IPL.

“Still a long way to go. I don’t see him as a shrewd captain or a tactful captain as well. And he hasn’t won the IPL. So ultimately a captain is only as good as his record till the time you don’t win the IPL. There are people who have won the trophy three times… there is MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma. So I think he has a long way to go,” Gambhir told Star Sports.

The former KKR skipper added: “You cannot compare him to someone like MS Dhoni or Rohit Sharma at this stage because he has been part of RCB and captaining RCB for the last seven to eight years and he has been very lucky and should rather thank the franchise that they stuck to him because not many captains have got such a long run where they haven’t won a tournament. He should be very thankful to the franchise as they have stuck with him.”

Notably, Virat Kohli had conceded that RCB’s inability to win IPL trophies has been due to the wrong decisions taken by the franchises’ stakeholders over the years.

“If you take wrong decisions, then you will lose. Our decision making was not good in big games. When the team’s decision making is balanced, those teams have won in the IPL,” Kohli had said last week.

The India captain will be keen on ending RCB’s title drought in the upcoming season of IPL, starting March 23. RCB open their campaign against defending champions Chennai Super Kings in Chennai on the opening day of the cash-rich league.

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