Off-colour Vettori should make way for Murali

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Published: Thursday, May 3, 2012, 13:37 [IST]
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RCB should drop captain Vettori

Bangalore, May 3: Royal Challengers Bangalore have to take some tough decisions if they have to fancy their chances of make the play-offs of IPL 5.

With RCB's captain Daniel Vettori struggling to take wickets, the Bangalore outfit might have to think of replacing the skipper with another world class spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.

Even Vettori had admitted that his place in the team is not guaranteed despite being the leader.

"There's going to be pressure on all the overseas players to keep performing and hold on to their spots even myself (despite) being captain. I think it's important we get the right balance for every game. The overseas guys need to perform. Otherwise there are guys in the wings waiting to take their spot," Vettori had said before the team's second game in Bangalore this season.

RCB went through another defeat at home on Wednesday as they were handed a four-wicket loss by Kings XI Punjab.

After 10 games, they sit in sixth position in the points table with 9 points They have won four and lost five games while the other one against Chennai Super Kings was washed out.

Even some experts feel the New Zealand left-arm spinner should be replaced with Muralitharan. The Sri Lanka started off the tournament in fine form but with only four overseas allowed in the playing XI, RCB had to bench the Sri Lankan legend.

Former India captain, Ravi Shastri, while commenting on the match on Wednesday, said it was time for RCB to rethink their combination. He wondered whey Muralitharan was in the dugout rather than playing on the field.

“If push comes to shove, RCB need to take some tough decisions. Even if they have drop captain Vettori, let it be,” Shastri said.

A couple of games earlier, another former India captain, Sunil Gavaskar wanted RCB to axe Vettori and hand captaincy to Virat Kohli.

Their comments are right. Vettori has just five wickets in 9 games at an average of 47.00 and strike rate of 42.0. Both average and strike rate are the worst among any RCB bowlers this season. However, only bright spot for Vettori is economy rate of 6.71, which is team's second best after Andrew McDonlad (6.10).

Vettori has so far bowled 35 overs and conceded 235 runs with a best of 1/20.

Muralitharan has scalped eight wickets in four outings at an average of 14.00 with a best of 3/21. His strike rate is 12.0 and has an economy rate of 7.00.

RCB are wasting such a great bowler. With six games remaining in the league, time might be running out for the Vijay Mallya-owned legion.

It would be better if Vettori follows Deccan Chargers captain Kumar Sangakkara and he himself opts out of the playing XI. Sangakkara had done the same against Mumbai Indians, saying he did not fit into the best XI. That would be a huge favour for the team management and their fans.


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