Gambhir critical of Kohli's captaincy in IPL

Jos Buttler wants to reach the next level

Jos Buttler wants to reach the next level

Moreover, Gambhir said that usually a captain does not stick around for so long, without winning a title in seven or eight years.

MS Dhoni handed over the captaincy of team India's Test side to Virat Kohli in 2014 and the ODI side in 2017. I don't see Rahul taking that slot as much as I admire him.

Echoing the sentiments, Ponting added: "I would be picking him in the Indian team as the batsman for No.4 as he can win you the game with his talent". And he hasn't won the IPL. "So ultimately a captain is only as good as his record till the time you don't win the IPL".

"As a pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah's workload will be very different from a pure batsman like Virat Kohli and a wicket-keeper batsman like MS Dhoni".

"I think we have various options when it comes to all three aspects of the game".

Under Kohli, Bangalore have won 44 and lost 47 matches.

Commenting on Kohli's position in the line-up, he said: "Kohli can play at any position and will score runs".

Kohli recently blamed poor decision-making for the team's failures. Kohli's captaincy and inability to take right decisions under pressure situations were responsible for the disastrous campaigns in 2016 and 2017. "Good luck for the tournament!"

"The biggest challenge was to ensure that KKR gets to play all their matches at the Eden Gardens as West Bengal is the only state which is going to polls on all seven dates". Absolute champion. And he deserves to be captain of RCB for whatever period of time.

On being asked whether India will be his favourite team in the upcoming tournament, the former captain said that he does not believe in such tags.

Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils/Capitals remain the only sides without a title, but Bangalore are the only ones to have shown faith in their leadership.

Former captain Sourav Ganguly has offered two extreme choices to end India's quest for the ideal number four batsman at this year's World Cup, suggesting they choose between a dour Cheteshwar Pujara and a daredevil Rishabh Pant for the role.

"It's his [Gambhir's] opinion and to be honest I don't have an opinion on this [boycott of Pakistan at World Cup]", said Ganguly.

"This format requires a clear head and free-hitting. Any of you want to chat to him about your mindset or anything... main man. Let's make him feel comfortable and welcome", Virat Kohli said as his teammates made a huddle around him and Sunil Chhetri.

According to Sourav, "Anybody who wants to succeed in shorter formats of the game has to go up (the batting order)... I am sure he will turn it around".