Virat Kohli stepped down as RCB captain before the 2022 IPL season.© BCCI/IPL
With a change in leadership at Royal Challengers Bangalore, the IPL may be able to see Virat Kohli from the 2016 season when he amassed over 900 runs, considers former India captain Sunil Gavaskar. The focus, however, will remain on Kohli when he goes down to the field only as a player in the opening match of the IPL-15 RCB against the King of Punjab at the DY Patil Stadium at Mumbai’s Navi Stadium on Sunday. Speaking during an episode of Gameplan on Star Sports, IPL official broadcaster Gavaskar said, “Right now, we don’t know if Kohli will be captain again. Sometimes when a player is freed from the burden of captaincy, he develops as captain. He doesn’t think about it. 10 other players.
“When you become a captain, you think about 10 other players and sometimes also other members of your squad, about their form or lack of form and the things they don’t do right that when they do it right, it will be good to troops.
“This season, we might actually see Kohli 2016 where he got almost 1000 runs in the IPL season.” The last time Kohli did not lead RCB was in 2012, after which he took over as team captain from New Zealand player Daniel Vettori.
Speaking of Australian all-around star Glenn Maxwell, Gavaskar said, “Maxwell’s cricket depends on how he approaches each inning. Sometimes his approach is incredibly great and then sometimes it’s not so great.
“Last season, he was on a team with Virat Kohli and ABD, two of the best hitters ever seen in a game and maybe he improved his game. He improved his level of play to try to keep up with that.
“If he said to himself I would do what ABD has done for RCB, then RCB might be in a real magic season from Maxwell.”
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