Ever since the inaugural edition of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) fans have been waiting for their team to lift their maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) title. Despite the fact that one of the most loved IPL teams reached the finals in 2009 and 2016, they faced defeat on both the occasions. Even they started this season on a poor note by getting bowled out for 70 runs against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
RCB will be locking horns with Mumbai Indians (MI) in their next game at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday and they will be looking forward to winning their first game and not join yet another catching-up game. However, the past stats are in favor of MI who has a 16-9 lead over the RCB head-to-head in the IPL and have won five of their last six encounters.
As a captain of RCB, Virat Kohli can be deeply questioned if he fails to lead the RCB successfully this year – his seventh straight season as the skipper. Ahead of the season, former India opener Gautam Gambhir has already termed Kohli as a naive captain who is lucky enough to continue with the RCB captaincy despite not being successful. Now, the former Australia speedster Mitchell Johnson has also taken a dig at Kohli, his old rival, saying that the RCB could win the tournament this year “if they got rid of their captain”.
On Instagram AMA, Johnson said this when asked about the RCB’s chances of winning the tournament this year. He was more direct in his digs at Virat during India’s last tour of Australia and particularly during the Test series. Both of them got involved in a lot of banters Down Under in the past and it seems the former Aussie cricketer is not ready to let go any chance to take a potshot at Kohli, even if in the garb of a joke.
Here’s Johnson’s story: