Royal Challengers Bangalore can’t rely on Virat Kohli all the time: Sanjay Bangar to India Today

first_img‘When in touch make the most of it’ has been an age old saying in sport. The best ones swear by it and fight complacency when in purple patch. Indian captain Virat Kohli will be glad he followed this philosophy thoroughly last year when the going was good.The batting star hasn’t had it easy of late with his silken stroke play deserting him. Virat has only managed 250 runs in the 9 IPL games he has played this season, having missed the first four, nursing a shoulder injury. This for a man who topped the IPL batting charts last year with an astounding total of 973 runs.Compounding Virat’s misery, RCB under his captaincy has had one its worst seasons with 10 defeats in 13 games and being the first ones to be knocked out from playoffs race.Keeping a keen eye on IPL action is Indian batting coach Sanjay Bangar who disagrees with those who blame Virat for his team’s failure. “You require contribution from all departments. One can’t rely on one individual all the time. Virat can win you games but contribution has to come from all angles,” he tells India Today.”If you look at the teams that have not done well like Delhi and RCB, both missed key players due to injury. Even Gujarat missed a Andrew Tye who was a key player. RCB missed KL Rahul and Sarafarz. Delhi missed Quinton De kock and JP Duminy. All this affects your preparation and plans,” he adds.However, bad patch can be infectious and Virat would want to guard against this with the all important Champions trophy coming up. He managed only 46 runs in 3 Tests during the crucial series against Australia before the IPL.advertisementAt the beginning of the year, the Indian skipper was the toast of world cricket touching an average of 50 plus in all forms of the game. Indian cricket fans would hope he can turn things around both with the bat and with the captainship band when India look to defend their Champions title next month.last_img read more