Shoaib Akhtar is not impressed with the new RCB captain


After Virat Kohli announced his decision to step down as captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the end of last season, there was a lot of speculation about who would replace him. However, before the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), RCB acquired Faf du Plessis, the former South African captain and batting stalwart of the Chennai Super Kings(CSK), at the mega auction.

In February of this year, RCB recruited the 37-year-old for a salary of Rs 7 crore. He was also named captain of the club for the current season by the franchise. So far, RCB has played two matches, winning one and losing the other.

Du Plessis, in particular, has gotten a lot of appreciation and support from fans and the cricketing community thus far this season for his batting and captaincy.

Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar, on the other hand, has stated that he does not see anything remarkable in du Plessis when it comes to captaincy. Akhtar told the media that Virat Kohli has been an unlucky captain. He gave his all for both India and RCB, but it didn't work out. He said that Kohli has stepped down as captain and been replaced by Du Plessis, who will lead in his own style.

Akhtar commented that he is not a huge supporter of Faf du Plessis' captaincy because he doesn’t see anything exceptional in it. Du Plessis, according to Akhtar, doesn't appear sharp as a skipper on the field. He remarked that let's see if he can restore their fortunes after being given the burden of heading a large franchise.

With 633 runs in 16 games at an average of 45.21 and a strike rate of 138.20, Du Plessis finished second in the IPL 2021. He's also featured in the Orange hat this season, having scored 93 runs in two matches.

In their debut encounter, RCB was narrowly defeated by the Punjab Kings. However, in their second match, RCB came back strongly to defeat the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).