IPL 2025: Virat Kohli To Be Back As RCB Captain?

It’s only less than a month since the last season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has completed, but already there are rumours that Virat Kohli will come back as the captain of RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore) in the IPL 2025. Some of the former cricketers like Aakash Chopra and Harbhajan Singh also give their opinion on this. Today, we will talk about the news/rumours of Virat becoming RCB’s captain in detail. We will also see what the other former cricketers have to say regarding this. So let’s dive into it quickly.

Virat could be back as RCB captain in IPL 2025 – Aakash Chopra

The former Indian cricketer, Aakash Chopra has made a bold statement regarding Virat Kohli becoming RCB’s captain again in IPL 2025. He wants Virat to lead RCB again in the upcoming IPL season. Not only that, he thinks that Virat will be the first retained player by the RCB before the IPL 0225 auction.

Chopra also thinks that Virat might also want to lead the team again. He predicted Virat’s come back as the captain of RCB in IPL 2025.

“Virat Kohli is number one on my retention list. RCB need to keep him, and Virat also knows that he will be there. Virat might want to lead the team again, or else the franchise will have to look for a new leader. “– Chopra said.

Chopra also thinks that Faf du Plessis will not be retained by the RCB for the next season. Faf is not younger anymore, so Chopra thinks that the franchise will look for someone else in place of him.

The former cricketer doesn’t see Glenn Maxwell, Alzarri Joseph, and Lockie Ferguson getting retained too.

Harbhajan Singh also suggested the same

Not just Aakash Chopra, Virat’s former Indian teammate, Harbhajan Singh also suggested the same thing regarding RCB’s IPL 2025 campaign. He made a statement when RCB won 5 out of 5 games in the IPL 2024 and looking for a place in the playoffs. During the Press Room session on Star Sports, he posed this question.

Harbhajan Singh thinks that the RCB franchise will look for an Indian guy for the captaincy role for the next season. He also suggested to bring Virat Kohli back as RCB captain in IPL 2025. By referring to the impact of MS Dhoni in CSK, Harbhajan said Virat might also do wonders for RCB.

Why not bring Virat Kohli back as captain? As Dhoni has a lot of impact in Chennai, Virat Kohli is a big leader, he knows the kind of cricket they need to play.”- Harbhajan said.

The former Indian off-spinner also talks about the aggressiveness and intent Virat brings in the team. Virat knows what kind of cricket they need to play.

Now they are playing with a lot of aggression and, a lot of intent and that is what Virat Kohli brings. I would like to see Virat Kohli leading the side going forward.” – Harbhajan added.

Kevin Pieterson has a different opinion on Virat in IPL

Virat’s good friend and his old RCB teammate, Kevin Pieterson has a different opinon on Virat Kohli continuing with the RCB franchise. He thinks that Virat should leave RCB and join any other IPL franchise.

Because RCB hasn’t won any IPL trophy yet, KP suggested that the Indian legendary batter should go somewhere else, where he might win an IPL trophy. He also suggested Delhi Capitals (DC) as the best team to join because it’s Virat’s birthplace.

Will Virat Kohli be back as RCB captain in IPL 2025?

As of now, these are just rumours. An expert point of view is a different thing. Aakash Chopra, Harbhajan Singh, or any other cricket expert suggesting things are different, but there is no confirmation yet.

The kind of character Virat is, we might not see him leading RCB again. Also, he will not leave the franchise, as suggested by KP. Let’s see how things panned out for RCB in IPL 2025.

RCB’s campaign and Virat’s good run in IPL 2024

RCB made it to the IPL 2024 playoffs but lost to Rajasthan Royals (RR) in an Eliminator. Virat Kohli is the top run scorer in the tournament with 741 runs in 15 games.

They made a remarkable comeback by winning the last 6 out of 6 games in the tournament to reach the playoffs. Before that, they lost 7 out of the first 8 games in the tournament.

Most IPL Finals Reached By Teams In History

Conclusion

So this is all about the rumours about Virat becoming RCB’s captain again. There is a lot of time left for the next season. What do you think? Will the RCB franchise ask Virat to lead the side again? If yes, then Will Virat take the role again? Comment your opinion and prediction below.

FAQs:-

(1) How many IPL finals RCB has played so far?

RCB has played three IPL finals in the tournament’s history. They first played the final in 2009, then in 2011 and 2016. They lost to Deccan Chargers (in 2009), Chennai Super Kings (in 2011), and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in those three finals.

(2) For how many years has Virat Kohli led the RCB team in IPL?

Virat led the team for 9 years, starting from 2013. He relinquished the role in 2021.

(3) How many matches RCB has won in Virat’s captaincy?

Virat has led the team in 143 matches. Out of those 143 games, the team has won 66 games in his captaincy.

(4) Who was the first captain of RCB?

Rahul Dravid was the first captain of RCB in IPL 2008.

(5) How many players have captained RCB in the IPL history?

A total of 7 players have captained RCB over the years. Those players are Rahul Dravid, Kevin Pieterson, Anil Kumble, Daniel Vettori, Virat Kohli, Shane Watson, and Faf du Plessis.

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