India’s Virat Kohli at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India, Saturday, March 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Expectations of Virat Kohli winning an Indian Premier League (IPL) title with his franchise ended on Monday. As his Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) lost by four wickets against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Eliminator.

Former England cricketer Michael Vaughan says Virat Kohli has ‘fallen far short’ as skipper in white-ball cricket and taking into account that he is a particularly determined player. He will himself evaluate his nine-year captaincy stretch at Royal Challengers Bangalore as a ‘disappointment.’

The 32-year-old had last month declared he would venture down as the Indian T20 captain after the World Cup. After two days he said he will likewise be stopping the influential position in RCB after this season.

Vaughan’s Statements

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“You’d have to say and be honest, that in one-day cricket and T20 for the national side and the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He has fallen a long way short,” Vaughan told ‘Cricbuzz’.

“The talent and the squads that he has to work with is right up there with the best. The RCB team has been very top heavy with the batting.

“This year, with the quality of (Glenn) Maxwell and Harshal Patel and Chahal. They had the bowling to match the batting, and yet they have fallen short,” he added.

His legacy as captain in IPL cricket would be one that he didn’t win.”

That’s what it’s about. High-level sport is about getting over the line, winning trophies, particularly when you’re at the standard of what Virat Kohli is at.

“I am certainly not saying that he is, but he will see himself as a failure in the IPL captaincy because he is such a driven player and person since he’s not got that trophy in his hands,” Vaughan added.


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