IPL 2019: Virat Kohli joins MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir in elite captains’ list

first_imgVirat Kohli has become the third player after MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir to feature as captain in 100 matches in the Indian Premier League. Kohli is leading Royal Challengers Bangalore for the 100th time as they are bidding to end their winless streak in IPL 2019 against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur.MS Dhoni leads the list with 162 matches as captain. The three-time IPL-winning captain with Chennai Super Kings has also led the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant(s) in 2016.Former India opener Gambhir is second behind Dhoni, having played as captain in 129 matches in the IPL. Gambhir won the coveted title with Kolkata Knight Riders twice and he has also led Delhi Daredevils (Capitals) in the past.Virat Kohli, who has played for Royal Challengers Bangalore ever since the inception of IPL in 2008, was appointed as the full-time captain of the popular franchise in 2013 ahead of the sixth season.Despite having been the captain of RCB over the last six seasons, Kohli hasn’t managed to win the title with the team. Kohli had led the team to the final in 2016 wherein he had a tremendous season with the bat, smashing 973 runs, including four hundreds.Kohli has the lowest winning percentage (46.87) for captains in IPL to have led in a minimum of 50 matches. In the 99 matches captained RCB before Tuesday, the team won 44 and lost 50 (two tied matches and three No Results).Gambhir’s criticism, Kohli’s reactionNotably, two-time IPL-winning captain Gambhir had slammed Kohli’s captaincy record at Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of IPL 2019. Gambhir said Kohli should be thankful to the Bengaluru-based franchise for retaining him despite his inability to win the IPL with RCB.advertisement”You cannot compare him to someone like MS Dhoni or Rohit Sharma at this stage because he has been part of RCB and captaining RCB for the last seven to eight years and he has been very lucky and should rather thank the franchise that they stuck to him because not many captains have got such a long run where they haven’t won a tournament. He should be very thankful to the franchise as they have stuck with him,” Gambhir had told Star Sports.Responding to the criticism, Kohli had said his legacy won’t be decided by the number of IPL titles he wins in his career.”Obviously, you want to win the IPL. I am doing what I am supposed to do. I don’t care whether I am going to be judged on this [not winning IPL] or not. There is no real, sort of, parameters you set. I try to perform wherever I can. I try to win all the possible titles, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen,” Kohli had said.”We have to be practical about why we haven’t won one. That boils down to bad decision making in pressure situations. If I think like people from outside, I can’t even sustain five games. I would be sitting at home,” Kohli added.Kohli’s RCB have gotten off to a horror start in IPL 2019 as they are heading into Tuesday’s match in Jaipur on the back of three successive defeats. RCB were bowled out for 70 in their season opener against CSK, On Sunday, RCB conceded 231 runs to Sunrisers Hyderabad before being bowled out for 113 in Hyderabad.Also Read | IPL 2019: Virat Kohli eyes first points for RCB in milestone matchAlso Read | Sam Curran, KXIP’s most expensive foreign player of IPL 2019, gives team new dimensionAlso See:last_img read more