With less than 3 weeks left for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season to get underway, all the eyes are on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as they are the only franchise that is yet to announce the new skipper. Some of the speculations have predicted that either Glenn Maxwell or Faf du Plessis will be considered as the captain of the RCB that Virat Kohli quit after the end of the 15th edition of the IPL. However, fans are still hoping that Kohli will be coming back as the captain of the franchise.
Virat Kohli resigned as the RCB skipper in rider to have some space and manage his workload better. Speaking to the franchise last month, Kohli reiterated that there was nothing to be surprised about his decision and that he was clear in his mind that he wanted to move on.
However, former RCB captain Daniel Vettori said Virat Kohli made the right decision by moving on from the role. During a chat with ESPNCricinfo, Daniel Vettori said, “No (Kohli will not return as captain). I think it is as simple as that. I don’t think that ever works, let alone in franchise cricket or international cricket. Once the captain is moved on, the right thing is for him to move on.”
RCB retained Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, and Mohammed Siraj and they also bought former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has given more options to the management in terms of leadership. Vettori, who also coached RCB in the past, said the three big names — Kohli, Maxwell, and du Plessis will be part of the leadership group.
The former New Zealand spinner also appreciated the presence of veteran Dinesh Karthik, who was bought by RCB at the IPL 2022 auction. Karthik has the experience of leading Kolkata Knight Riders.
Elaborating the same, Daniel Vettori said, “I think they will look at Kohli, Maxwell and Du Plessis as the leadership group and even Dinesh Karthik. I think Faf will step in for Maxwell. But if they win the first three games, maybe they will continue on with him. I think Maxwell is a shorter long-term. Three years is a long-term time in the IPL. They will look at Maxwell as the three-year cycle and hopefully he continues to play as he did in the last IPL.”