Rumours: Virat to be removed as RCB captain in upcoming IPL 2019
If the rumours are to be believed, the newly appointed RCB Head Coach, Gary Kirsten and the team management have decided to drop Kohli from his captaincy role for RCB in the T20 cricket's biggest fest, the IPL 2019. However, the official news has not been published by any authentic news media. Moreover, the rumours have also suggested that AB de Villiers, who retired from the International cricket recently, will be captaining the side.
Assuming that the rumours are correct, here are the probable reasons why:
Virat Kohli, the Indian captain's workload has been immense, as he is one of the few world cricketers who compete in all the formats of the game in international cricket. Kohli has played the most matches in international cricket since the start of 2016 (107 matches), joint highest along with the English skipper, Joe Root. Similarly, Virat Kohli has also been suffering from minor injuries and fatigue, which may disguise into a big injury problem for the star player, later in the future. So, resting Virat in less-important matches might be RCB's strategy in the upcoming IPL, considering that Virat needs to be fully fit ahead of cricket's grandest stage, the Cricket World Cup 2019. Even Virat seems to be wary regarding his workload, as the team management decided to rest Virat in the upcoming Asia Cup; and how could they without consulting with Virat.
AB de Villiers retirement from all forms of International Cricket
Another possible reason for dropping Virat from the role of the captain may be due to AB de Villiers. AB has taken a permanent rest from all forms of cricket and now has a lot of free time with him. Similarly, allowing AB to captain the team means that Virat can be easily rested when needed. Considering the fact that RCB has not been able to win any IPL trophy under Kohli, experimenting with AB might prove to be a productive gamble for RCB. Nevertheless, AB de Villiers also has a fine experience of captaining his team (South Africa) at the highest level, which would aid him in the IPL.
Besides Virat, few other Indian players who represent India in all the formats of the game, or are injury-prone (Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan) may be rested in a similar way to Virat in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League.