Even though Virat Kohli will be stepping down as the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain after IPL 2021, there is a possibility that he could be sacked mid-way through the ongoing leg of the IPL in UAE.
The reason is RCB’s poor performance against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their opening game of phase 2. RCB were dismissed for just 92 runs, which was their sixth-lowest total in IPL, as they lost to the Eoin Morgan-led franchise by nine wickets.
Former cricketers Gautam Gambhir and Sanjay Manjrekar slammed Virat Kohli for announcing his decision before the start of the matches. According to them, it could unsettle the team in the remaining games.
One of the former cricketers on condition of anonymity told IANS that it seems that Kohli might be removed “mid-way”.
“Look at the way he was playing against Kolkata Knight Riders. Just clueless! It seems he is struggling big time right now. There are chances that he could be removed mid-way through the season. It has happened earlier also with other teams — like with Dinesh Karthik in KKR and David Warner in Sunrisers Hyderabad, among others. They were either removed or they stepped down mid-way. So it can happen in RCB as well… I have this feeling after watching yesterday’s match. One more bad game and you can see a change in RCB captaincy right away,” said the former cricketer.