Virat Kohli resigned from the RCB captaincy ahead of the IPL 2022 season.© BCCI/IPL
With the change in leadership at Royal Challengers Bangalore, the IPL may see the Virat Kohli from the 2016 season, when he amassed more than 900 runs, thinks former India captain Sunil Gavaskar. However, the spotlight will remain on Kohli as he takes to the field as a player in RCB’s IPL-15 opener against Punjab Kings at DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai Stadium on Sunday. Speaking on a Gameplan episode on Star Sports, the official broadcaster of the IPL, Gavaskar said: “At this point, we don’t know if Kohli will be captain again. Sometimes when a player is released from the burden of being captain, he blossoms as he doesn’t think about 10 other players.
“When you’re captain, you think about ten other players and sometimes the other members of your team, their form or lack of form and things that they don’t do well and which, if they do well, will be good for the team.
“This season we may see the Kohli of 2016 where he got almost 1000 runs in the IPL season.” The last time Kohli did not lead the RCB was in 2012, after which he took over the captaincy of the team from New Zealander Daniel Vettori.
Speaking of Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, Gavaskar said: “Maxwell’s cricket depends on how he approaches each inning. There are times when his approach was incredibly fantastic and then there are times when it wasn’t so great.
“Last season he was on a team with Virat Kohli and ABD, two of the best batsmen the game has ever seen and so he may have improved his game. He raised the level of his game to try to keep up with that.
“If he tells himself I’m going to do what ABD has done for RCB, then RCB could have a truly magical season for Maxwell.”
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