Kohli has captained Bangalore on 10 previous occasions
With India batsman Virat Kohli poised to take over the national team captaincy within the next couple of years, he has been given a chance to show what he can do when given the reigns after his Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, the Royal Challengers Bangalore, promoted him as skipper since New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori is still recovering from an Achilles injury.
Vettori had been Bangalore’s captain for the 2011 and 2012 edition of the IPL, but his chances of playing this year seem slim at best as he struggles to become fully fit.
Kohli has led the Royal Challengers Bangalore on 10 previous occasions and has a fairly decent record with six victories and three losses, while one match was abandoned.
During his tenure with Bangalore, Kohli has scored 1,639 runs in 77 IPL matches at an average of 28.25.
The 24-year-old was ecstatic after learning that he would be occupying the leadership position on a permanent basis.
“Being drafted as an under-19 in 2008 and now to be considered to lead the side of great Players, is a big honour,” he said.
Bangalore had an excellent IPL season in 2011, finishing in second place after having their hearts broken in the finals by the Chennai Super Kings, but the franchise were unable to have the same amount of success last year, as they finished in fifth place and only won eight of their 16 matches.