RCB in no mood to sack skipper Virat Kohli

The Times of India

The Times of India

Author 2019-09-20 12:58:00

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  • Despite stars like Kohli, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle (for better part), RCB has not won the IPL since the event's inception.
  • Kohli has led the team in seven of those seasons.
  • RCB are looking to rebuild the team structure in a way that it will complement Kohli and AB de Villiers and take the pressure off them.
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BENGALURU: They may have failed to win a single trophy since 2013 under him, but Royal Challengers Bangalore seem to be in no mood to sack skipper Virat Kohli.

On Thursday, even as they announced a completely new support staff for the team, RCB made their intentions with regarding to the on-field leadership role clear when the team's newly-appointed director of cricket operations Mike Hesson ruled out any change in captaincy for the franchise.

"We don't have that perception that Virat controls things. But maybe he has had his learnings from the past (mistakes) while moving forward," Hesson said during a media interaction on Thursday.

"There has been no question mark over Virat's captaincy during last couple of weeks (of discussions)," Hesson said.

"...We have been very much aligned and he has been more than happy to take our advice from our experience," the former New Zealand coach added.

Having gone in for a structural overhaul of their coaching and support staff, RCB, under Hesson and chief coach Simon Katich, are looking to rebuild the team structure in a way that it will complement their two superstar batsmen - Kohli and AB de Villiers and take the pressure off them.

"They (Kohli and ABD) are superstars. They have earned the right. Both of them are proven performers. That's a positive because you know you expect a strong performance from guys like that and they have done that for number of years in these conditions," Katich, who has moved into the new role following his stint with Kolkata Knight Riders, said.

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