Former Indian opener, now a commentator, Virender Sehwag supported Virat Kohli amid the all the harsh words that were thrown at him following Royal Challenger Bangalore’s defeat against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the eliminator match of the playoffs.
Just after Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) lost the eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in playoffs, a barrage of criticisms followed skipper, Virat Kohli. Fans held high hopes from RCB this season but were disappointed as their chances were soiled as they lost from SRH by six wickets in Abu Dhabi and were unable to lift the trophy in the IPL this season as well.
RCB is one of those three franchisees who have been unable to lift the IPL trophy in the history of the tournament. Just as they failed their chances once again, former Indian player- Gautam Gambhir made unpleasant remarks on Kohli and said he should give up captaincy.
Amid all the backlashing that Virat Kohli and his company had to face from fans and veterans, Virender Sehwag supported Kohli during his tough times. Sehwag boosted up Kohli’s confidence and highlighted his success as an Indian captain.
“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,” 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?” he added.
Sehwag rightfully pointed out that RCB is quite overdependent on Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. However, with Devdutt Padikkal coming in, the situation has improved but the team still needs a decent lower-order batsman.
“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,” Sehwag said.
“With Padikkal coming to the fore, I reckon RCB need to have one more opener and a good lower-order batsman. 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.
Last Updated 8, Nov 2020, 2:02 PM