Vettori has not enjoyed a good run with the ball in IPL 5. While Muralitharan is made to warm the benches even after picking up wickets in the current edition, RCB are persisting with their captain despite poor form.
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.
“I will opt out if it is needed. I have said from the start that we need to get out four overseas players and we do that every game. If it’s right for me to sit down and then it’s fine with me. Our success last year was due to three international batsmen and one spinner. We need to choose between one of us (Vettori and Murali),” Vettori said on Friday.
Deccan Chargers’ skipper Kumar Sangakkara had set a fine example recently by opting out of a game against Mumbai Indians. Sangakkara, who was out of form, said he did not fit into the best playing XI for that game. He handed over the captaincy to Cameron White.
Muralitharan, however, felt it was not right to change the captain.
“I think captain should not change, that is my opinion. I think captain should play all the games because as the leader he should finish the whole tournament. Only then will the confidence of the team grow,” the Sri Lankan spin legend opined.
He added that it was necessary to balance the side. “You have to balance the side, that’s the most important thing. Sometimes you won’t fit in. Last year, I didn’t fit in for Kochi or when I played for Chennai I didn’t play seven or eight matches. You can’t expect to win only from the contributions of the international players; the Indians also have to perform. At the moment, we’re not performing in certain departments,” Muralitharan said.