I made Kumble captain: Mallya

Published: Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 12:38 [IST]
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Kumble was my choice: Mallya

Johannesburg: Liquor baron Vijay Mallya, the owner of Bangalore Royal Challengers claimed that it was his decision to hand over the captaincy to Anil Kumble following regular captain Pietersen's exit owing to national duty.

Under the captaincy of Kumble, Bangalore has made a tremendous comeback in to the tournament by winning three matches on the trot, and Mallya felt his decision to appoint a new skipper has paid dividend.

"Obviously, it is my decision. As a team owner I decide. But it was no last-minute decision," Mallya said.

Enthused by the team's improved show, Mallya claimed the team has the potential to win the second Indian Premier League.

Mallya said that he would be the happiest man in this world if Kumble takes his team to the IPL championship.

With three wins on a row, the Royal Challengers are on an upward swing and Mallya felt it would be unwise to write off anyone in this format of the game.

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"Don't underestimate those who are losing. Even those teams which have been winning all their games will lose as the law of averages will come into play. Yes, we lost a few matches and now we have bounced back. Now we are motivated and will try to keep the momentum going," he told the IPL's official website.


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