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'Kohli will become a world-class captain' - de Villiers

A round-up of IPL news on April 19, 2013
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Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman AB de Villiers has words of high praise for his team's captain, Virat Kohli. This IPL is Kohli's first assignment as full-time captain of a senior team and he has, at times, been a little hot-headed when under pressure. De Villiers, who is South Africa's limited-overs leader, said Kohli would improve with time. "Obviously, he is very young and inexperienced when it comes to captaincy. Having said that, he has made some really positive moves; he has led from the front, he has the batting ability as well," de Villiers said. "He has shown a lot of leadership qualities, he will learn more along the way and in the next few years, he will become a world-class captain. He is already showing signs of that."

'Injury concerns' for Kings XI - Lehmann
Darren Lehman, the Kings XI Punjab coach, has said his team have a few injury worries ahead of their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad at Uppal. Speaking on the eve of the game, he said: "We have a couple of injury concerns and you might see a couple of changes in the XI tomorrow. But we'd like to keep it to ourselves. We'll probably make the decision in the morning." His team were wary of Sunrisers' bowlers, he said, and the game would pit legspinners Amit Mishra and Piyush Chawla against each other. "They've got a very good bowling attack. But we have got our plans. We know pretty much what they do and they know how we play. I've always rated Mishy highly. We've got Piyush Chawla and it's going to be a contest between the two leggies." Mishra had taken four wickets in five balls against Pune Warriors on Wednesday to close out an improbable victory, as Sunrisers defended 119.

All about the team for Harbhajan
Harbhajan Singh, the Mumbai Indians offspinner, has said for him the team as a whole is most important, not who his team-mates are - even if it's former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting with whom he has a bit of a stormy history. Speaking to the IPL site, Harbhajan said: "I am playing for a team. For me the team comes first, no matter whom I am playing with or whom I am playing against. If I am playing for one team, whether it is playing with Ricky Ponting or Kiron Pollard, I will still run and hug my team-mates."

Saurabh Tiwary, Dilshan fit again for RCB
Batsmen Tillakaratne Dilshan and Saurabh Tiwary have joined the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad, ahead of their home game against Rajasthan Royals on Saturday. Dilshan had bruised his knuckle during the game against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 7, and subsequently had flown home to Sri Lanka for Sinhalese New Year. Tiwary was also out injured - he had shoulder trouble.

Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • TRAM on April 20, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    Who ever suggested first that Kholi can be considered Ind captain, has obviously said that without knowing Kholi's emotional capacity OR he must have said so deliberately with bias. That apart, Kholi needs to prove his batting in all conditions and establish his place. At this point there is really no one who can be assured of place in India 11, 2 years from now. Those guys who assumed they will play for India for eternity are all gone, except one.

  • Unmesh_cric on April 19, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    "Saurabh Tiwary, Dilshan fit again for RCB" = Bad news for RCB :-)

  • on April 19, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    I guess BCCI owes a big thank you to RCB. The captaincy evaluation of Kohli is happening right now and does not need to happen in a few years at the India level. If he's good enough, this will tell us that he is. If he's not, it will tell us to go a differenty direction.

  • raks_pace on April 19, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    All those who are critical of Kohli, read this statement from ABD first "he is very young and inexperienced when it comes to captaincy". Which is very true. Kohli is still 24 years old and just into international cricket from last 3 years. It will take time for to mature and mellow down his unwanted agression. Ricky Ponting was the same " angry young man" when he came initially to intl cricket, but ended up as one of the best captains for Australia. Its known fact that Dhoni will be captain of Team India at least till 2015 World Cup or even more. 3 years from now will be good time for Kohli to take over from him. Till then Kohli can be groomed as vice captain and captain of IPL/club/domestic teams. Also remember he already has one world cup (u19 WC) under his name as captain.

  • madras_boy on April 19, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    Kohli can be another Ganguly but not Dhoni !!!

  • on April 19, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Why think about it as long as Dhoni is there ? Dhoni's ability and achievments, makes him the first choice beyond doubt.

  • on April 19, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    Kohli is a good batsman..Period.. Captain of Indian Cricket team ? Well you dont want Captain who displays more emotions on field than a Daily Soap actress....

  • TheBigBoodha on April 19, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    Great. Jayawardene and now Kohli. The tables really have shifted. Australia is led by nice guy diplomat M. Clarke, the two major sub-continent teams led by arrogant, bad-tempered, foul mouthed individuals with victim mentalities. When India and SL play, it will be hard to know which team is being hardest done by the umpires and officials. It will be a total media circus. Could be a major international incident coming up. ;-)

  • abhijeet1in on April 19, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Normally i would suggest, get Virat Kohli married and all the anger will go away, but then Gambhir spoiled the theory :P. So, i guess time is the keyword here. Though, you have to thank IPL for test driving the future captains like Kohli at semi-international level. Maybe one or two IPLs and Champion's League, and we will know if he is the real thing or not. If Rajasthan Royals hand Ajinkya Rahane the captaincy from next IPL we will have something to compare him with.

  • on April 19, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    no, this guy is too arrogant and aggressive - he should take a leaf out of Pujara's book! but if AB thinks so then I trust my SA skippers judgement . . .

  • TRAM on April 20, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    Who ever suggested first that Kholi can be considered Ind captain, has obviously said that without knowing Kholi's emotional capacity OR he must have said so deliberately with bias. That apart, Kholi needs to prove his batting in all conditions and establish his place. At this point there is really no one who can be assured of place in India 11, 2 years from now. Those guys who assumed they will play for India for eternity are all gone, except one.

  • Unmesh_cric on April 19, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    "Saurabh Tiwary, Dilshan fit again for RCB" = Bad news for RCB :-)

  • on April 19, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    I guess BCCI owes a big thank you to RCB. The captaincy evaluation of Kohli is happening right now and does not need to happen in a few years at the India level. If he's good enough, this will tell us that he is. If he's not, it will tell us to go a differenty direction.

  • raks_pace on April 19, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    All those who are critical of Kohli, read this statement from ABD first "he is very young and inexperienced when it comes to captaincy". Which is very true. Kohli is still 24 years old and just into international cricket from last 3 years. It will take time for to mature and mellow down his unwanted agression. Ricky Ponting was the same " angry young man" when he came initially to intl cricket, but ended up as one of the best captains for Australia. Its known fact that Dhoni will be captain of Team India at least till 2015 World Cup or even more. 3 years from now will be good time for Kohli to take over from him. Till then Kohli can be groomed as vice captain and captain of IPL/club/domestic teams. Also remember he already has one world cup (u19 WC) under his name as captain.

  • madras_boy on April 19, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    Kohli can be another Ganguly but not Dhoni !!!

  • on April 19, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Why think about it as long as Dhoni is there ? Dhoni's ability and achievments, makes him the first choice beyond doubt.

  • on April 19, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    Kohli is a good batsman..Period.. Captain of Indian Cricket team ? Well you dont want Captain who displays more emotions on field than a Daily Soap actress....

  • TheBigBoodha on April 19, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    Great. Jayawardene and now Kohli. The tables really have shifted. Australia is led by nice guy diplomat M. Clarke, the two major sub-continent teams led by arrogant, bad-tempered, foul mouthed individuals with victim mentalities. When India and SL play, it will be hard to know which team is being hardest done by the umpires and officials. It will be a total media circus. Could be a major international incident coming up. ;-)

  • abhijeet1in on April 19, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Normally i would suggest, get Virat Kohli married and all the anger will go away, but then Gambhir spoiled the theory :P. So, i guess time is the keyword here. Though, you have to thank IPL for test driving the future captains like Kohli at semi-international level. Maybe one or two IPLs and Champion's League, and we will know if he is the real thing or not. If Rajasthan Royals hand Ajinkya Rahane the captaincy from next IPL we will have something to compare him with.

  • on April 19, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    no, this guy is too arrogant and aggressive - he should take a leaf out of Pujara's book! but if AB thinks so then I trust my SA skippers judgement . . .

  • Al_Bundy1 on April 19, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    Kohli may be too aggressive for his own good. If he can learn how to control his temper, maybe he can become a good captain.

  • on April 19, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    @Ravikiran Hande You really need to get your facts right.Kohli wasn't the one who started the spat with Gambhir it was Gambhir who bad mouthed first when Kohli was on his way back,so if your team mate acts like Gambhir did,anyone would get mad and so did Kohli and here you are blaming Kohli for it. Secondly Kohli didn't lost his wicket because he lost his mind he got out because he needed to attack and he couldn't play the shot properly.Its just sad how people forget this player alone has been the reason for whatever wins India has achieved in last couple of years when everyone was not performing at all and you are saying this player lost his mind because he couldn't bear his partner getting out at the other hand sorry but he has proven he is quite capable of handling such situations,selfish people just forgets that.And when he got out he was showing anger on himself for godsake whats wrong in that,come on..You don't like him as a captain so be it but don't apply false blame.Understand

  • Jayseks on April 19, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    Traits of a good 'Indian' Captain: Performance, Leading from the front, Take more responsibility (multiple skills), Versatile across different formats, Adaptability to different conditions, Not overtly adverse to negative criticisms, Not minding getting older (includes wiser), Come backs, Not being predictable i.e. in terms of whom he backs in testing conditions, Pro-player, Pro-board, Backing out-of-form players, Ready to face gates..scams.., Manage ads and other commitments without affecting the game, being nice to all, diplomatic, more away wins!, asking for spinner friendly tracks and expecting his players to be equally adept in bouncy conditions, strictly no to revenge, so on and so forth... all these are qualities of one MSD! Only time would tell whether Kohli ticks all these and many more boxes. But it is fair to say that he is moving in the right direction!

  • on April 19, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    @Vivian_Richard,@GRVJPR :Controlled Aggression is the key and Kohli is no good at it.Australians(atleast the successful ones) used sledging to unsettle batsmen and bowlers the world over.Mind games are a part and parcel of life.Here we have MR Kohli getting into a spat with Gambhir after he got out?what is the point exactly when you are already out of the game except for some cheap masochism?In the RCB match Vs Delhi he completely lost it as soon as couple of wickets fell and threw away his wicket at a crucial juncture and then started badmouthing on his way to pavilion.Honestly YOU DONT NEED TO BE A SAINT IN MODERN DAY CRICKET BUT YOU HAVE TO SHOW AGGRSSION WHEN REQUIRED AND NOT AS A FASHION STATEMENT

  • gsingh7 on April 19, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    virat wud be one of best captain of all time if he continue to develope like he is doing. he is best young batsman in the whole world. hope he crosses few of god's records in next decade.

  • Vivian_Richard on April 19, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    What's it with people wanting Kohli to become like Dravid, Tendulkar, or Dhoni? He can be arrogant and aggressive, but he backs it up with performance. I think there should be a line where fans stop demanding things of players. It's one thing to demand a good performance, its quite another to ask someone to be someone else as a person. And its high time we developed the maturity to distinguish between these two.

  • GRVJPR on April 19, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    No doubt about it. He has an excellent attitude aggressive and expressive. Most Indians are making useless comments here about how kohli should behave. They are giving examples of sachin etc How many games sachin, laxman won as captains of India and Dhoni we know how he failed overseas. India don't need puppet gentlemens but a match winning captain and that's all matter. Gentelemen are good for noble prize for peace but not for cricket.

  • symsun on April 19, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Both Kohli & Gambhir should never Captain India. In the last match between RCB Vs CSK, Kohli resist to walk after edging to Dhoni of Bravo. That clearly shows his true character. Kohli is very arrogant and has more similarities to old Ponting. To be considered as captain, first they should earn some self respect. Indian players (like Dravid, Kumble, Dhoni, Laxman, Sachin & many more) and all Indians gets a lot of self respect around the world, but surely Kohli & Gambhir though they are gud batsman, they are disgrace for India because of their attitude.

  • on April 19, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Most "Aggressive" but Most "Arrogant" player in nowadays cricket

  • S.Anand on April 19, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    Kohli should learn from Dhoni and Dravid how a captain should behave. So far he has shown how a captain should not be. He still has to learn a lot from Dhoni.. Wondering how come he has behaved on the pitch when he has been playing with great captain like Dhoni for long time !! Of course, Gamhir needs to be blamed first..

  • Anubhav-the-Experience on April 19, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Although I find Virat's attitude not overtly poor still Captain ship requires cool mind like of Dhoni...Although Captain depends upon quality of team but take out full use of your team's capacity & skill is captain's job. Dhoni is best in that and people like him are rare. There is no one in the team currently who can challenge Dhoni for captain-ship during his career. People like Gambhir and Virat will bring shame to Indians if they are made captains.In current team only Ashwin can be the captain in my guess. Like Kumble with cooler mind he is much more capable. But how long will he play is a question.

  • SLICKR392 on April 19, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Kohli might be a world class captain who would get fined every match. Shouting at his own team mates, having a go at youngsters & 'seniors'. More like a Afridisque leader.

    No thanks.

  • RP225 on April 19, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    Most of the so called aggressive players are brats. Hope these guys are at least not given responsibilities as it could be a shame for the nation. In today's world, people say only victory matters but need not be how you get it also matters. It is same in every walk of life, how you get things done, how you earn your living, etc

  • on April 19, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    If Harbhajan is really playing for the team, why he argued with Rayudu on that Run out... he could've just walked away sacrificing his wicket for team....

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  • on April 19, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    If Harbhajan is really playing for the team, why he argued with Rayudu on that Run out... he could've just walked away sacrificing his wicket for team....

  • RP225 on April 19, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    Most of the so called aggressive players are brats. Hope these guys are at least not given responsibilities as it could be a shame for the nation. In today's world, people say only victory matters but need not be how you get it also matters. It is same in every walk of life, how you get things done, how you earn your living, etc

  • SLICKR392 on April 19, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Kohli might be a world class captain who would get fined every match. Shouting at his own team mates, having a go at youngsters & 'seniors'. More like a Afridisque leader.

    No thanks.

  • Anubhav-the-Experience on April 19, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Although I find Virat's attitude not overtly poor still Captain ship requires cool mind like of Dhoni...Although Captain depends upon quality of team but take out full use of your team's capacity & skill is captain's job. Dhoni is best in that and people like him are rare. There is no one in the team currently who can challenge Dhoni for captain-ship during his career. People like Gambhir and Virat will bring shame to Indians if they are made captains.In current team only Ashwin can be the captain in my guess. Like Kumble with cooler mind he is much more capable. But how long will he play is a question.

  • S.Anand on April 19, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    Kohli should learn from Dhoni and Dravid how a captain should behave. So far he has shown how a captain should not be. He still has to learn a lot from Dhoni.. Wondering how come he has behaved on the pitch when he has been playing with great captain like Dhoni for long time !! Of course, Gamhir needs to be blamed first..

  • on April 19, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Most "Aggressive" but Most "Arrogant" player in nowadays cricket

  • symsun on April 19, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Both Kohli & Gambhir should never Captain India. In the last match between RCB Vs CSK, Kohli resist to walk after edging to Dhoni of Bravo. That clearly shows his true character. Kohli is very arrogant and has more similarities to old Ponting. To be considered as captain, first they should earn some self respect. Indian players (like Dravid, Kumble, Dhoni, Laxman, Sachin & many more) and all Indians gets a lot of self respect around the world, but surely Kohli & Gambhir though they are gud batsman, they are disgrace for India because of their attitude.

  • GRVJPR on April 19, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    No doubt about it. He has an excellent attitude aggressive and expressive. Most Indians are making useless comments here about how kohli should behave. They are giving examples of sachin etc How many games sachin, laxman won as captains of India and Dhoni we know how he failed overseas. India don't need puppet gentlemens but a match winning captain and that's all matter. Gentelemen are good for noble prize for peace but not for cricket.

  • Vivian_Richard on April 19, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    What's it with people wanting Kohli to become like Dravid, Tendulkar, or Dhoni? He can be arrogant and aggressive, but he backs it up with performance. I think there should be a line where fans stop demanding things of players. It's one thing to demand a good performance, its quite another to ask someone to be someone else as a person. And its high time we developed the maturity to distinguish between these two.

  • gsingh7 on April 19, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    virat wud be one of best captain of all time if he continue to develope like he is doing. he is best young batsman in the whole world. hope he crosses few of god's records in next decade.