The former skipper of the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Gautam Gambhir, has taken a dig at the captaincy of Virat Kohli for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). The skipper has clearly failed to score in all two matches that RCB has played. Also, he only scored a single run off five balls in their second game that was played against the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP).
Notably, RCB have never managed a single win in the thirteen seasons of IPL that happened till yet. Under Kohli, they managed to feature in the playoffs and finals several times but never have challenged the trophy.
Gautam Gambhir slams Virat Kohli for his captaincy as RCB lose to KXIP
Gambhir added that the first two overs by Dube were fine but one shall not give him the last over as it was what cost them the match. Praising Rahul’s batting, he said when the experienced lad is on the crease with a ton and above, the captain shall not walk on the edges.
“I know Shivam Dube bowled really well in his first two overs. Yes, you would be tempted to give him a third over, but not the last over. When KL Rahul is already set and batting on 100+, you are walking on the edge, because that can happen… I would have Navdeep Saini or Dale Steyn bowling the last over, even though Steyn is not the best death bowler. But I would have given the last over to the best bowler of the team,” Gambhir said.
He has presented his opinions that which bowler might have been best in the dead overs to defend their army. As KXIP crossed 200 runs and Kohli’s men failed to chase falling short of wickets on 109 runs, Gautam has heavily criticized him.
“You (Virat Kohli) finished off Navdeep Saini in the 17th over. Probably, you could have used Umesh Yadav, who did not have the best of the days. But Shivam Dube bowling the last over was a bad calculation,” added Gautam Gambhir.
Gautam believes if Rahul would have gone a bit earlier, the game plan to chase the target might have been different.
“Had KL Rahul got out for 86-89, Kings XI would have scored 185, and chasing that would have been a completely different gameplan for RCB. That is how it happened, that is what T20 cricket is. Small mistakes can make a huge difference as well. It was a huge impact, especially from the results point of view,” Gambhir signed off.