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

A round-up of IPL news on April 19, 2013

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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  • TR 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 on April 19, 2013, 19:42 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Rakshit 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.

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

    Kohli can be another Ganguly but not Dhoni !!!

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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....

  • James 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. ;-)

  • Abhijeet 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.

  • Dummy4 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 . . .

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