Bengaluru: As Royal Challengers Bangalore succumbed to another loss, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has joined millions of fans in offering free advice to the franchise. Mr. Siddaramaiah has said that the team may be suffering because a North Indian leader is at the head of the team instead of a local leader from Karnataka.
Speaking to the media after a political rally today, the Karnataka CM said,” Be it politics or Cricket, we really must reject North Indian imports. They don’t understand the situation on ground, the local conditions, the local challenges, and then they end up under-performing. Kohli has been leading the team for so many years but has failed to deliver the IPL trophy. It is about time we give a local lad a chance to see what he can do.”
When pointed out that there is only one Karnataka player in the entire RCB squad, he said,” So captain is also only one, right? Get Pavan Deshpande in the team and make him the captain. If Virat Kohli wants to contribute to a local side, he can always contribute with his bat but leader of the pack should be a Kannadiga only. If they think Deshpande is not good enough to get in the team, at least make AB de Villers the captain, he at least comes from the south, South Africa.”
Virat Kohli hasn’t yet commented on this statement and no journalist was brave enough to approach Kohli to ask him to step down.