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RCB vs KKR: Virat Kohli “Will See Himself As A Failure In IPL Captaincy”, Says Michael Vaughan

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IPL 2021, RCB vs KKR: Virat Kohli during the Eliminator at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.© BCCI/IPL

In what was his last season as the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Virat Kohli failed to get his hands on the Indian Premier League (IPL) trophy. RCB suffered a four-wicket defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their IPL 2021 Eliminator on Monday. Kohli scored 39 runs in 33 balls for his side, but RCB could only manage 138 runs for seven wickets in 20 overs. Inspired by Sunil Narine, KKR reached 139 for six in 19.4 overs. After the match, former England captain Michael Vaughan revealed that Kohli “became a long way short” during his tenure as RCB captain.

Speaking to Cricbuzz after the game, Vaughan said, “His legacy as captain in IPL cricket will be the one that didn’t win. That’s what it’s about, you know, high-level play to cross the line, trophies.” It’s about winning, especially when you’re at Virat Kohli’s level. I’m definitely not saying he is, but he would see himself as a failure in IPL captaincy – because he’s such a motivated player and person. – because he hasn’t got that trophy in his hands”, he said.

“What Virat is doing with the Test team and Test match cricket and developing that Indian Test match team is great. You have to say and be honest that with and with the national team in One Day cricket and T20 cricket. Royal Challengers Bangalore, he has fallen short.”

Vaughan said that RCB were well prepared for IPL 2021 and had the right team combination in terms of batting and bowling.

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“The talent and the squad with which he has to work, he is the best there. So, the RCB team is very heavy with the batting. This year, with the quality of Maxwell and Harshal Patel and Yuji Chahal, they had the batting equalizer to bowl, and yet they have fallen short”, he said.

Virat Kohli is also ready to step down from the T20 captaincy of Team India after the T20 World Cup starting on October 17 in UAE and Oman.

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