Speaking on a Star Sports show, Gautam Gambhir questioned the captaincy skills of Virat Kohli saying that the Indian skipper has failed to win the Indian Premier League in his eight seasons as captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He further said that the 30-year old should thank the RCB franchise for sticking with him as captain.
Gambhir acknowledged that Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni are excellent captains and cited their previous record of winning the league title three times as a testament of their captaincy and leadership skills.
The 37-year old said “I don’t see him as a shoot captain or a tactful captain. 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.”
The former Kolkata Knight Riders captain added, “There are people who have won the trophy three times – MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma. So I think he has a long way to go. You cannot compare him to someone like Rohit or Dhoni 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.”
Virat Kohli has won 45 out of the 96 matches as the captain of the Bangalore-based franchise with his win percentage being less than 50%.
After losing the One-Day International series to Australia at home, Kohli’s captaincy skills and ability was questioned by former Indian skipper and head coach Anil Kumble.
The 48-year old said “Rather than saying he is a better captain when Dhoni is around, I think Kohli is certainly more comfortable when MS is behind the stumps. Conversations between him and Virat definitely help him make the right decisions.”
He further added “With the field placings, I think Virat certainly depends a lot on MS Dhoni in one day cricket. That is something he probably missed in the last two matches against Australia.”