Even before the tournament started, RCB fans were left with a sour taste in their mouth as Virat Kohli declared that he will be renouncing the franchise’s leadership after the conclusion of the tournament. It was said that he will continue to be a player for the franchise until he keeps on playing the tournament.
This decision of Kohli came in the wake of another explosive communique that is still to die down with Kohli renouncing the nation’s T20 captaincy after the World Cup.
As this is a massive communique that is still doing heavy rounds in the cricketing roster, another factor that has already swarmed over in the minds of the cricket fans is that who is next?
In this story, we will take a quick look at five players who can take Kohli’s pedestal for RCB and to make things more chaotic, we will throw the mega-auction in the mix.
#1 AB de Villiers
It is expected that RCB will retain the South African icon in the upcoming auction as he still has a couple of seasons left in him. There is a probability that the Challengers will like to start over under his leadership as he has been one of the most successful cricketers of the side and came with a certain degree of versatility that we know him for. His experience in leading the South African squad previously will make him a captaincy favourite.
#2 David Warner
With the recent gulf in relationship with Sunrisers Hyderabad, Warner may very well be on his way from the Orange Army. He is one of the most adept strikers of the ball and is a relentless opener. He can set the tone of the game with a belligerent start and that can play a crucial role in shaping the fortunes of the match. His preceding reputation may very well deal a significant hand in RCB’s interest as they look for a contender to replace Kohli as the skipper.
#3 Shreyas Iyer
Though the young man will most likely be retained by Delhi, however, his absence so far has sparked a few thoughts hither and yon. Though it is unsure that how exactly would he perform in the imminent matches, he led Delhi to a title charge in the previous campaign. He has shown some extraordinary skill in leading the team to its best-ever IPL finish and his calm stature is what will make him an irresistible choice should Delhi stick to Pant.
#4 Glenn Maxwell
RCB shelled out a fortune to rope Maxwell and the Australian has so far paid back in handsome measures in the ongoing edition of the tournament. He has been a successful name in various franchise leagues across the world. He has a lot of experience under his belt and being a captain, he will be able to lead the team to the glory given his playing days at the BBL and other leagues of the world. He takes charge in the middle for Australia and has led the middle-order handsomely.
#5 Hardik Pandya
It may come as a surprise but most likely Mumbai Indians will be going with Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah for retention. This signifies that Mumbai’s hard-hitting middle-order batsman may be released. Though he hasn’t captained anyone before but his performances have been crucial to Mumbai Indians. It won’t be surprising if Bangalore actually wants to shake things up and bring in one of the biggest strikers of the ball to the team.