Mumbai: Ex-India opener Virender Sehwag has said Virat Kohli should win the IPL trophy at least once as RCB captain.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in an IPL 2021 match on Monday in Abu Dhabi. This will be Kohli’s first competitive match after announcing his decision to quit RCB’s leadership after the conclusion of the IPL 2021. Also Read: Kohli Wants To Concentrate On Tests To Get Tendulkar’s Record Of 100 Tons: Hogg
Earlier, on Thursday, he had announced that he would step down as India’s T20 captain at the end of the T20 World Cup. Also Read: Rohit Should Play Next Game, Hardik Had Niggle, Nothing Serious: Jayawardena
Talking about Kohli, former India opener Sehwag said that he has at least one IPL trophy for RCB as he has such a huge fan following. Kohli has not won a single IPL despite appearing as captain in all 13 editions of the tournament and 8 of them.
Sehwag said, ‘IPL is important for every captain, but I think for Virat with his huge fan base, everyone wants Virat to win the trophy for Bangalore. If not multiple times then at least once in his tenure as captain,” Sehwag told PTI.
The 42-year-old former opener said this might just be RCB’s year.
“It’s been a strange year off the field because of the pandemic and who knows it could be a different year for Bangalore from last season and they win the trophy,” Sehwag said.
RCB is currently at number three in the points table and would like to start the second leg of the 14th edition with a win against KKR, which did not have a good first leg.
Like in the previous edition of IPL in UAE, Sehwag again feels that Mumbai and Delhi are the favourites to win the tournament.
“Since the second half has been shifted to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, I think Delhi and Mumbai will be the favourites again and the five-time champions are a bit ahead,” he added.
Sehwag believes that the pitch in UAE will be slow and thus Chennai and Bengaluru may face some problems.
“Chennai’s average score in India during the first leg was 201, but I think when it comes to UAE tracks, they will be a bit lacking in their batting firepower. If I have to pick one team, it will be Mumbai ”
He said that for Chennai, after such a long gap, it might take “some more matches” to settle down and get into the “groove”.