23rd April, the date on which the grand IPL 2019 started and we have already witnessed a halfway scene of Phase-1 of this IPL. Many teams have given superb answers to the questions asked by their fans and cricket experts and have done reasonably well in the tournament. On the other hand, there are many teams who haven’t performed as per their mark and are still under shadows.
The name which comes soon after reading the first paragraph of my article is Royal Challengers Bangalore, the team with all the big players, all the potential and have whatever it is required to make it big in the tournament, but has already lost 6 out their 6 matches which is an IPL record. Having world class names like Virat Kohli, ABD, Moeen Ali, Colin De Grandhomme and Indian giants like Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, and Pawan Negi cannot take them beyond the line. Twitter is always trending after every match RCB loses, with a lot of posts about RCB can only win hearts not matches. But is that so? RCB is only for winning hearts, not matches?
In my personal opinion, the answer to this question is no, no team is for winning only hearts. So what the fans should expect from this much poor performance of the team?
There are several changes which should be considered to make, the first and most obvious one is stepping down of Virat Kohli from captaincy. No matter how he is good as a captain in the blue jersey, but when it comes to IPLs everyone knows that he is not that much effective. His team formation, his batting line-ups, his bowling attacks, and his field placement has been exposed very miserably in these starting 6 matches that RCB has played. The only option for the team management is left with the change of the team captain, and who knows the team can perform the way Rising Pune Supergiants did a few years ago.
Virat Kohli, no doubt is a living legend and is one of the most successful batsmen the game has ever seen, but he should consider this plan of stepping down too so that the team can be benefited and fans have something really to cheer about. Stepping down of Virat Kohli as a captain from the Royal Challengers Bangalore sounds to be an Everest task, but the legendary captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the superb opener batsman Gautam Gambhir had already gone through this stage, so why can’t Virat Kohli.