Virat Kohli may not admit it to the public but he is feeling the heat as his captaincy is being questioned after the Royal Challengers Bangalore started their 2019 IPL with four consecutive defeats.
It has turned embarrassing for Kohli to show up for the post-match interview and explain why his side performed poorly and what he plans to do to turn things around. Kohli is used to winning in all formats but he has had a bad patch for the last couple of months losing three consecutive international ODI matches to concede the series to Australia. Add another 4 straight losses as RCB captain and Kohli now has a string of defeats leading into the 2019 World Cup.
Will RCB sack Kohli?
The former Rising Pune Supergiants franchise made a unpopular decision a couple of years ago when they decided midway to relieve MS Dhoni of the captaincy responsibilities and handover the same to Steve Smith. While the decision caused an outcry on social media, it showed that the owners were willing to take bold decisions to get a bet result.
Will the owners of the RCB franchise be willing to take such a tough decision, given the fact that Kohli captains India in all formats and has the responsibility of leading the side to the 2019 World Cup? If Kohli goes on to lose another couple of matches on the trot, RCB management will be forced to consider sacking Kohli.
They may also opt to take the safe way out by playing out the rest of the tournament and then make a change for next season. Sacking Kohli as RCB captain will no doubt cause a backlash on social media but sometimes tough decisions need to be made.
Who Are The Alternatives?
Kohli has a huge ego and a sacking would be a slap in the face. As of now, there are some crazy memes doing the rounds on social media making fun of RCB and Kohli.
If RCB were to make a change to the captaincy, the other alternatives come in the form of foreign players in AB Devilliers, Heinrich Klassen who hasn’t played a game yet and Nathan-Coulter Nile. In terms of domestic players, there are not a lot of options except for P Patel and Y Chahal.
RCB’s next game is on April 5 when they take on the Kolkata Knight Riders.