Former England captain Michael Vaughan believes Virat Kohli will consider his IPL captaincy career as a failure after his reign came to an end on Monday. RCB crashed out of IPL 2021 after losing their Eliminator to the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), ending Kohli’s nine-year stint as captain, which culminated in one finals appearance and two wooden spoons.
Speaking on Cricbuzz, former England captain Michael Vaughan belives that Virat Kohli fell massively short of expectation as a captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and will consider himself a “failure” for not leading the team to the IPL title. He stated, “His legacy as captain in IPL cricket will be one that didn’t win. That’s what it’s about, you know high-level sport is about getting over the line, winning trophies, particularly when you’re at the standard of what Virat Kohli is at. I’m certainly not saying that he is, but he will see himself as a failure in IPL captaincy — because he is such a driven player and person – since he’s not got that trophy in his hands”
Michael Vaughan further stressed on his point and added, “In terms of what Virat is doing with the Test team and Test match cricket and developing that Indian Test match team is terrific. You’d have to say and be honest that in one-day cricket and T20 cricket with the national side and with Royal Challengers Bangalore, he has fallen a long way short.”
IPL 2021 finally looked like RCB’s year as Virat Kohli and Co. got most things right on and off the field. Their purchases in the auction worked well, while their Indian buys along with Glenn Maxwell chipped in with valuable contributions to take off the pressure off Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.
The franchise finished third after winning nine of their 14 league games, but were knocked out in the Eliminator for the second season running following their defeat to a Sunil Narine inspired Kolkata Knight Riders. The West Indian all-roudner hipped with a four-wicket haul to help KKR restrict RCB to just 138, before going beserk with the bat in a short cameo to put an end to any hopes Virat Kohli and Co. and had of polluting off a hesit.