Ganguly contradicts Gautam Gambhir’s remark on Virat Kohli: The former Indian captain has justified Virat Kohli leading RCB in IPL 2019.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has justified Virat Kohli captaining Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2019. In what will be Kohli’s seventh year as RCB captain, the franchise is yet to register their maiden IPL title. In fact, Royal Challengers are one of the three franchises to have won a single IPL title despite playing the tournament since 2008.
Earlier, former India opening batsman Gautam Gambhir had expressed his opinion regarding Kohli not deserving to be compared to his counterparts in MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma. “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,” Gambhir was quoted as saying on Star Sports.
Gambhir, who retired from all forms of cricket last year, had himself won two IPL titles as captain of Kolkata Knight Riders in 2012 and 2014 respectively. The southpaw went on to say that Kohli should consider himself “lucky” for RCB have persisted with him for years now.
“He has been a part of RCB, and captaining RCB for the last seven to eight years, and he has been very lucky and should be thanking the franchise that they stuck with him. Because not many captains have got such a long rope where they haven’t won a tournament,” Gambhir had said.
“Virat Kohli deserves to be captain of RCB”
On the other hand, Ganguly highlighted Kohli’s performance as a batsman and said that he deserves to lead the franchise. The Bengal Tiger was also hopeful of Kohli to turn things around in the Indian Premier League.
“If you talk about Virat Kohli and keeping him as a captain, just look at what he has done. What he has done with the bat in every format of the game. Absolute champion. And he deserves to be captain of RCB for whatever period of time. I am sure he will turn it around,” Ganguly was quoted as saying by Times Now.
Ganguly recently joined Delhi Capitals in an advisory role.
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