Vaughan backs England star to replace Kohli and emulate IPL legend Dhoni

Michael Vaughan has backed England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler to replace Virat Kohli as Royal Challengers Bangalore captain and says he can emulate Indian Premier League legend MS Dhoni at the franchise.

India skipper Kohli announced last month that he would step down as RCB captain following the 2021 IPL.

Bangalore won nine of their 14 group games to finish third and qualify for the IPL eliminators, but then suffered a four-wicket defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday to crash out of the tournament.

Kohli succeeded New Zealand legend Daniel Vettori as RCB captain in 2013 but failed to lead the team to an IPL title, finishing as runners-up in 2016 and reaching the eliminators four times.

As Royal Challengers Bangalore prepare to appoint a new captain, Vaughan has tipped England’s Buttler for the role and says he can have a similar impact at RCB as Dhoni has had at Chennai Super Kings.

Buttler, 31, is one of the best white-ball players in the world and has played for Bangalore’s IPL rivals Rajasthan Royals over the past four seasons.

‘I will throw you a name. This name is out of the box because he’s from another franchise and they may retain him,’ former England captain Vaughan told Cricbuzz.

‘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 doubts about him.

‘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 the team.

‘You need someone who has the character and personality to go in there and captain Virat Kohli.

‘That’s got to be a skilful person, who knows himself, knows T20 cricket, knows how to manage people and particularly someone like Kohli.

‘Once you were the captain, now you are just in the ranks and need to be that senior player.

‘Those senior players who have been captain always say, “I’ll just jump back in the dressing room and be a foot-soldier once again”.

‘But it’s always difficult to do that so they’re going to need a very skilful man-manager to go in there and captain RCB.’

Following Royal Challengers Bangalore’s IPL exit this week, Kohli insisted he has given ‘120%’ to the franchise and confirmed he would continue playing for RCB despite handing over the captaincy.

‘I’ve tried my best to create a culture here where youngsters could come in and play expressive cricket, play with belief,’ Kohli said.

‘It’s something I’ve tried to do at the Indian team level as well. All I can say is that I’ve given my best.

‘I don’t know how the response has been to that, but I can vouch for the fact that I’ve given my 120% to this franchise every year, leading the team. And as I said, I will continue to give that effort on the field as a player from now on.

‘It’s a great time to regroup, restructure the franchise for the next three years, and bring in people who can take this culture and this franchise to the next level, moving forward.’

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