Jos Buttler currently represents Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), making his availability a little doubtful.
Former England cricketer Michael Vaughan believes that wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler should become Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) next captain after Virat Kohli. Kohli announced his decision to step down following the conclusion of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. Unfortunately, the famous and popular cricketer could not help the Bangalore-based franchise win their maiden edition of the cash-rich league, with the team defeated in the Eliminator against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). There has been a lot of discussion over the next captain of RCB after Kohli.
“I will throw you a name. This name is out of the box because he’s from another franchise and they may retain him, but I would choose Jos Buttler to go there and be the captain. He’s got it in him to be like MS Dhoni. I have no doubt about him,” said Vaughan on Cricbuzz.
“He’s been playing for the England side under Eoin Morgan. Tactically very astute. Again, I don’t know what Rajasthan are thinking of doing with him. But I would personally take Buttler to the RCB camp, put him behind the stumps and ask him to captain. It’s just that, who’s got the character and personality to go in there and captain Virat Kohli. That’s got to be a skillful person, who knows himself, knows T20 cricket, knows how to manage people and particularly someone like Virat Kohli. Once you were the captain, now you are just in the ranks and be that senior player,” he added.
“Those senior players who have been captain, even though they are always saying, ‘I’ll just jump back in the dressing room and be a foot-soldier once again’. It’s always difficult (to do that) so they’re going to need a very skillful man-manager to go in there and captain RCB,” concluded Vaughan.
Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir believes that RCB may choose to not retain AB de Villiers next season if it means keeping Glenn Maxwell in the team. Gambhir believes that Maxwell who was the Bangalore-based franchise’s top run-scorer in IPL 2021, represents the future.
“Yes, because I think they will retain Glenn Maxwell since he is the future, and AB de Villiers is not,” said Gambhir.
De Villiers was quite jovial in a video uploaded by the Bangalore-based franchise, poking fun at Kohli after he played his final game as RCB captain.
“You have done a great job, but that book is not finished yet. Whatever you have done for us, we won’t forget it. Thanks for all the memories, and I think some of the umpires will sleep a bit better, very happy for them. Congrats on a great captaincy career. I can’t wait to watch you run out there with all the freedom and win (the) first trophy for us (RCB) and more trophies for India,” stated the South African.
It will be interesting to see if the Bangalore-based franchise opt to not retain De Villiers, considering the emotions involved. The South African has been a fan-favourite and is well capable of winning games single-handedly.