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Mike Hesson rules out change in leadership for RCB
IPL 2020

Mike Hesson rules out change in leadership for RCB

Mike Hesson has backed Virat Kohli to continue as the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper despite the star batsman's abysmal captaincy record in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Hesson, who was recently appointed Director of Cricket of RCB, negated the idea that Kohli harboured a towering influence in the team and was calling all the shots.

“We don’t have that perception that Virat controls things. But maybe he has had his learnings from the past (mistakes) while moving forward,” he said.

Hesson emphasized his opinion on Kohli's future as leader of the side was shared by RCB head coach Simon Katich.

“There has been no question mark over Virat’s captaincy during last couple of weeks (of discussions).

“...we have been very much aligned and he has been more than happy to take our advice from our experience."

Kohli is RCB's longest-serving captain but has failed to attain IPL glory.

The perpetual under-performers finished last twice across the previous three seasons even though the squad was packed with T20 greats AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle (for the better part).

Hesson assured the team management would be focused on improving its recruitment process, which has often been subjected to criticism.

“There will be big focus on recruitment. Once auction gets completed, the work starts then, not a week before the tournament starts. We would have clarity in roles that players need to perform,” he said.

He said they would be keeping a close eye on top performers during the Mushtaq Ali or Vijay Hazare Trophy, specifically ones who could prove to be a valuable addition to the side.

“During Vijay Hazare and Mushtaq Ali Trophy, we would like to see players we want to fit in. It’s more about finding out how players build context around performance, conditions and pressure situations,” he said.

“Form is a factor but we need to be more holistic in terms of how we talent scout. We look at four-year period as then they are ready to deliver when put under the pump. It doesn’t happen after one good season."