Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are two of the greatest batsmen of the current generation. They are also playing for the same national team with Virat as the regular captain and Rohit managing the responsibility in his absence. In IPL, these two modern greats play for two different franchise and lead their respective teams. Rohit Sharma has an enviable captaincy record leading Mumbai Indians to five IPL titles whereas Virat Kohli has never won an IPL Trophy with his best effort saw Royal Challengers Bangalore finish as runners up in IPL 2016.
IPL Success Depends on Various Factors
So, if Rohit would have been the captain of RCB will he be able to bring the similar success to this team? It is difficult to say as IPL success depends on various factors and not all of them are handled by the captain alone. Build up of a successful IPL team starts in the Auction table and that’s where MI have trumped RCB over the years. Mumbai Indians generally goes to the auction with a clear plan and definite target group of players whereas many a times RCB have come out of auction with a squad without balance. At times they have gone for a huge sum of money for one-two players and did not have the fund left for some of the other key areas, resulting in forming squads which are too strong in one area but to weak to compete in other areas.
Rohit Sharma is blessed with a very strong Mumbai Indians team full of Indian and international stars. They are the only team in this tournament who can play an eleven of all international players. This is not always true for RCB and hence Virat as captain had to suffer.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Over the years, RCB’s home ground, M. Chinnswamy Stadium is notorious for its batting friendly pitch and lack of decent death bowlers did frustrate Kohli for lack of options.
Keeping all these in mind, it will not be an easy call to make regarding whether Rohit Sharma would be more successful in RCB compared to Virat Kohli. However, a Virat-Rohit clash in the final would be a mouth-watering prospect for any fan.