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Sourav Ganguly begs to differ from Gautam Gambhir, backs Virat Kohli as Royal Challengers Bangalore captain

Sourav Ganguly backed Virat Kohli as RCB captain and said that he will turn around because he is a champion player.

India TV Sports Desk Written by: India TV Sports Desk New Delhi Published on: March 20, 2019 10:55 IST
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Sourav Ganguly backed Virat Kohli as the RCB captain

Former India captain had his say regarding Virat Kohli's captaincy and his opinion was completely different from what Gautam Gambhir had to say a day earlier.

Gambhir, a two-time Indian Premier League champion with Kolkata Knight Riders himself, took a dig at Kohli for failing to deliver titles for Royal Challengers Bangalore despite being at the helm for six years.

According to the southpaw, Kohli is lucky to be retained as captain despite not being able to guide RCB to a trophy.

"There are people who have won the trophy three times. MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma. So I think he has a long way to go. You cannot compare him to someone like Rohit or Dhoni at this stage. 

"He has been a part of RCB, and captaining RCB for the last seven to eight years, and he has been very lucky and should be thanking the franchise that they stuck with him. Because not many captains have got such a long rope where they haven’t won a tournament," said Gambhir.

However, Ganguly, who is regarded as one of India's best captains ever, had a completely different take on the issue.

According to the new Delhi Capitals advisor, Kohli is a champion player and there is no reason for RCB to drop him from his post.

"If you talk about Virat Kohli and keeping him as a captain, just look at what he has done. What he has done with the bat in every format of the game. Absolute champion. And he deserves to be captain of RCB for whatever period of time. I am sure he will turn it around," Hindustan Times quoted Ganguly as saying.

The reasons for RCB's failure till date have been many but Kohli refused to believe that luck was one of them.

Kohli, captain of RCB, was attending an event along with Ashish Nehra and RCB coach Gary Kirsten to launch an RCB App.

"If you take wrong decisions, then you will lose. Our decision making was not good in big games. When the team's decision making is balanced, those teams have won in the IPL," Kohli said, according to ANI.

The 30-year-old also expressed his desire to stay with the Bangalore franchise for as long as he can.

"To me, it (playing for RCB) has been a most special experience. I don't see myself leaving or playing for any other franchise," Kohli said.

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