Virat Kohli’s captaincy concluded with the RCB losing to KKR in the IPL 2021 elimination match. Kohli said earlier in the season that he would step down as RCB captain after the 2021 IPL. After setting several hitting records, the 32-year-old was unable to lead his side to a championship, According to former England cricketer Michael Vaughan, Kohli’s reputation as a skipper in the cash-rich league would be recalled as the one who never won a title. Also, Vaughan feels that RCB’s captain Kohli will consider himself as a failure as a captain in the IPL.
“His legacy as captain in IPL cricket would be one that didn’t win. That’s what it’s about – high-level sport is about getting over the line, winning trophies, particularly when you’re at the standard of what Virat Kohli is at. I’m certainly not saying that he is, but he will see himself as a failure in IPL captaincy – because he is such a driven player and person – since he’s not got that trophy in his hands,” Vaughan said.
RCB team over the years is very top-heavy with batting: Vaughan
Vaughan also compared Kohli’s Test captaincy to his white-ball captaincy and believed it remains a lot of room for improvement. The 46-year-old also stated that, unlike previous years, RCB has the team and potential this time to capture the ultimate championship. He mentioned that the participation of Yuzvendra Chahal and Harshal Patel this time allowed RCB to balance their bowling with batting.
“In terms of what Virat is doing with the Test team and Test match cricket, developing the Indian team, he is terrific. You’d have to say and be honest, that in one-day cricket and T20 for the national side and the Royal Challengers Bangalore, he has fallen a long way short”.
“The talent and the squad that he has to work with is right up there with the best. The RCB team over the years is very top-heavy with batting. This year, with the quality of Maxwell and Harshal Patel and Chahal, they had the bowling to match the batting, and yet they have fallen short,” he further added.