Not a 'tactful captain', Virat Kohli very lucky to skipper RCB: Gambhir

Last Updated: Tue, Mar 19, 2019 10:37 hrs
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Royal Challengers Bangalore, one of the strongest team on paper over the years, have never finished on top of the podium in the last 11 years of the Indian Premier League.

Kohli, despite finishing with phenomenal numbers as a batsman being the second highest run-scorer in the tournament history has failed to lead the team to the trophy in the last six years as RCB skipper.

And former India opener Gautam Gambhir, who led Kolkata Knight Riders to the title on two occasions during his tenure with KKR, feels Kohli isn't a 'tactful captain' and is lucky that RCB has persisted with him.

Gambhir also added that Kohli cannot be compared with the likes for Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni, who he feels are the two best skippers in the tournament history.

“You cannot compare him to someone like Rohit or Dhoni at this stage because he has been part of RCB and captaining RCB for the last seven to eight years and he has been very lucky and should rather thank the franchise that they stuck to him because not many captains have got such a long run where they haven’t won a tournament,” said Gambhir.

Kohli's record as captain since he took over the mantle in 2013 isn't that impressive.

Under him, RCB only has a win percentage of 45.83, with 44 wins from 96 games.

“Still a long way to go. I don’t see him as a shoot captain or a tactful captain. And he hasn’t won the IPL. So ultimately a captain is only as good as his record till the time you don’t win the IPL. 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,” opined Gambhir on the Star Sports analysis show ahead of IPL 2019, starting March 23.

Kohli has been part of the RCB team since the inaugural season after he was drafted in following his U19 World Cup success.