IPL 2013 February 20, 2013

Virat Kohli to lead Bangalore

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Virat Kohli has replaced Daniel Vettori as captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for this year's IPL. Vettori was the captain of the team in 2011 and 2012.

Kohli has previously led the side on a number of occasions on an ad hoc basis, specially in 2012, in matches where Vettori was replaced by Muttiah Muralitharan as the overseas spinner. He has led the RCB on ten occasions so far, during which the team won six games and lost three.

Kohli has scored 1,639 runs in 77 matches for RCB in the IPL at an average of 28.25. He was pleased at being handed the captaincy. "Being drafted as an under-19 in 2008 and now to be considered to lead the side of great Players, is a big honour," he said.

Vettori had a good season at the helm in 2011, after RCB finished second, losing to Chennai Super Kings in the final. In 2012, however, RCB finished fifth, winning eight of their 16 games.

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  • MrJack on February 22, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Very Good move by RCB., Congrats V Kholi

  • amdcr7 on February 22, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    good move virat as a captain , RCB XI should be Gayle , dilshan, pujara , virat , AB , mayank , murli /henriques , appanna , vinay kumar , RP singh, Zaheer .

  • on February 21, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    It is awesome.Virat will rock this year as captain and as a player

  • yasir08 on February 20, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    good move..he is mature as a player n hez capable of handlin presure that is provd by himself in the past 2yrz..n also he hav xperience captainin the u19 indian team n won the world cup..i thnk dis time banglore hav a much mor balncd team..chris,pujara,kohli,mayank,deviliers,saurab,henricks,r p singh,murali,zaheer,appanna..dis is my playin xi for them..

  • binu.emiliya on February 20, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    @Rosh280, good comedy man , appointing Pankaj singh or Jaydev Unadkat as captain of RCB!

  • jay_vkjay on February 20, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Virat Kohli will be a great captain when the tournament progresses. This seems to be a great move. Also I expect Cheteshwar Pujara as a regular player. All the best for VK and RCB.

  • ProdigyA on February 20, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    Good move by RCB. He is a guy who does not like to lose and B'lore need aggressive players like him.

  • Jaissy on February 20, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    yes that was what i wanted, mature him as a captain for 2-3 years and he will be ready to lead india.. gambhir was the one i thought will be the next to captain in test matches but then his form did not allowed him to.hopefully he will come back strong and take captaincy from dhoni.

  • rosh280 on February 20, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    It will be really sad to have virat kohli as captain. pankaj singh and jaydev unadkat are the great choices. virat kohli and r p singh are really doubtful players whether they perform or not. I prefer cheteswar pujara to be made captain, rather we have chris gayle, de villiers, c m gowtham all are the perfect players than virat kohli. it will be great to see how they play with chennai and mumbai eleven. RCB has to be little more realistic in their approach. we have young pool of talents like mayank, manish pandey, sarul kanwar, rahul dewan, i d singh, p razool and many. why they go with virat kohli and daniel vetoori.

  • 30-30-150 on February 20, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    RCB deserves a young, aggressive, thoughtful captain like Kohli. Maybe he will succeed Dhoni as the national captain in a few years. Vettori wasn't doing any good to this team as a player or as the captain. The four overseas players should be Gayle, AB, Murali, Dilshan/McD/Henriques.

  • MrJack on February 22, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Very Good move by RCB., Congrats V Kholi

  • amdcr7 on February 22, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    good move virat as a captain , RCB XI should be Gayle , dilshan, pujara , virat , AB , mayank , murli /henriques , appanna , vinay kumar , RP singh, Zaheer .

  • on February 21, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    It is awesome.Virat will rock this year as captain and as a player

  • yasir08 on February 20, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    good move..he is mature as a player n hez capable of handlin presure that is provd by himself in the past 2yrz..n also he hav xperience captainin the u19 indian team n won the world cup..i thnk dis time banglore hav a much mor balncd team..chris,pujara,kohli,mayank,deviliers,saurab,henricks,r p singh,murali,zaheer,appanna..dis is my playin xi for them..

  • binu.emiliya on February 20, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    @Rosh280, good comedy man , appointing Pankaj singh or Jaydev Unadkat as captain of RCB!

  • jay_vkjay on February 20, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Virat Kohli will be a great captain when the tournament progresses. This seems to be a great move. Also I expect Cheteshwar Pujara as a regular player. All the best for VK and RCB.

  • ProdigyA on February 20, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    Good move by RCB. He is a guy who does not like to lose and B'lore need aggressive players like him.

  • Jaissy on February 20, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    yes that was what i wanted, mature him as a captain for 2-3 years and he will be ready to lead india.. gambhir was the one i thought will be the next to captain in test matches but then his form did not allowed him to.hopefully he will come back strong and take captaincy from dhoni.

  • rosh280 on February 20, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    It will be really sad to have virat kohli as captain. pankaj singh and jaydev unadkat are the great choices. virat kohli and r p singh are really doubtful players whether they perform or not. I prefer cheteswar pujara to be made captain, rather we have chris gayle, de villiers, c m gowtham all are the perfect players than virat kohli. it will be great to see how they play with chennai and mumbai eleven. RCB has to be little more realistic in their approach. we have young pool of talents like mayank, manish pandey, sarul kanwar, rahul dewan, i d singh, p razool and many. why they go with virat kohli and daniel vetoori.

  • 30-30-150 on February 20, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    RCB deserves a young, aggressive, thoughtful captain like Kohli. Maybe he will succeed Dhoni as the national captain in a few years. Vettori wasn't doing any good to this team as a player or as the captain. The four overseas players should be Gayle, AB, Murali, Dilshan/McD/Henriques.

  • on February 20, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    good luck..........................

  • on February 20, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    good luck Virat Kohli.....

  • Manu_reddy on February 20, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    This is really gonna b a big opportunity for kohli to show his talent as captain.if he can lead rcb by controlling his over d top aggression(some people call it as anger,ego) then it ll surely help his chances of leading national team...all d best virat

  • KunzMan on February 20, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Therefore I won't follow RCB now. Inspite of them having ABD...

  • CricketMaan on February 20, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    A first step towards promotion? He still needs to find his place in Test cricket..unless he has the potential of Grame, its too early..but then history repeats often. Can Kholi handle the heat at international level is the question!

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  • CricketMaan on February 20, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    A first step towards promotion? He still needs to find his place in Test cricket..unless he has the potential of Grame, its too early..but then history repeats often. Can Kholi handle the heat at international level is the question!

  • KunzMan on February 20, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Therefore I won't follow RCB now. Inspite of them having ABD...

  • Manu_reddy on February 20, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    This is really gonna b a big opportunity for kohli to show his talent as captain.if he can lead rcb by controlling his over d top aggression(some people call it as anger,ego) then it ll surely help his chances of leading national team...all d best virat

  • on February 20, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    good luck Virat Kohli.....

  • on February 20, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    good luck..........................

  • 30-30-150 on February 20, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    RCB deserves a young, aggressive, thoughtful captain like Kohli. Maybe he will succeed Dhoni as the national captain in a few years. Vettori wasn't doing any good to this team as a player or as the captain. The four overseas players should be Gayle, AB, Murali, Dilshan/McD/Henriques.

  • rosh280 on February 20, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    It will be really sad to have virat kohli as captain. pankaj singh and jaydev unadkat are the great choices. virat kohli and r p singh are really doubtful players whether they perform or not. I prefer cheteswar pujara to be made captain, rather we have chris gayle, de villiers, c m gowtham all are the perfect players than virat kohli. it will be great to see how they play with chennai and mumbai eleven. RCB has to be little more realistic in their approach. we have young pool of talents like mayank, manish pandey, sarul kanwar, rahul dewan, i d singh, p razool and many. why they go with virat kohli and daniel vetoori.

  • Jaissy on February 20, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    yes that was what i wanted, mature him as a captain for 2-3 years and he will be ready to lead india.. gambhir was the one i thought will be the next to captain in test matches but then his form did not allowed him to.hopefully he will come back strong and take captaincy from dhoni.

  • ProdigyA on February 20, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    Good move by RCB. He is a guy who does not like to lose and B'lore need aggressive players like him.

  • jay_vkjay on February 20, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Virat Kohli will be a great captain when the tournament progresses. This seems to be a great move. Also I expect Cheteshwar Pujara as a regular player. All the best for VK and RCB.