Tue, 12 Oct 2021

"His legacy as captain in IPL cricket will be one that didn't win" - Michael Vaughan

Michael Vaughan speaks on Virat Kohli's RCB captaincy

Former England captain Michael Vaughan opined that Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli's name would be remembered as an unsuccessful captain who could not win a single IPL trophy with the franchise. Kohli's captaincy of RCB came to an end on a disappointing note after a 4-wicket defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday in Sharjah. Against Kolkata, Kohli remained the top scorer for his side with 39 off 33 balls, but RCB could only post 138 for seven in 20 overs. Inspired by Sunil Narine, KKR reached 139 for six in 19.4 overs. After the match, former England captain Michael Vaughan revealed that Kohli fell "a long way short" during his tenure as RCB skipper.

Acknowledging that Kohli has achieved well as a Test skipper, Vaughan remained skeptical of his captaincy in IPL. 

Speaking to Cricbuzz after the game, Vaughan said, "His legacy as captain in IPL cricket will be one that didn't win. That's what it's about, you know 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", he stated.

"In terms of what Virat is doing with the Test team and Test match cricket and developing that Indian Test match team is terrific. You'd have to say and be honest that in one-day cricket and T20 cricket with the national side and with Royal Challengers Bangalore, he has fallen a long way short."

Vaughan said that RCB were well-prepared for IPL 2021 and had the perfect team combination in terms of batting and bowling.

"The talent and the squads that he has to work with is right up there with the best. So, the RCB team is very top heavy with the batting. This year, with the quality of Maxwell and Harshal Patel and Yuzi Chahal, they had the bowling to match the batting, and yet they have fallen short", he said.