IPL 2013

Virat Kohli to lead Bangalore

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 20, 2013

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Virat Kohli prepares to hit the ball, Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL, Chennai, April 12, 2012
Virat Kohli has been named RCB captain for this year's IPL © AFP

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.

Kings XI sign Aniket Choudhary

Kings XI Punjab have signed on Rajasthan's left-arm medium pacer Aniket Choudhary. Choudhary, who made his first-class debut in 2011, has played 12 first-class matches and taken 30 wickets. Choudhary was Rajasthan's third most successful bowler, picking up 24 wickets in eight matches. This will be his first IPL season.

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Posted by MrJack on (February 22, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

Very Good move by RCB., Congrats V Kholi

Posted by 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 .

Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 10:18 GMT)

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

Posted by 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..

Posted by binu.emiliya on (February 20, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

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