Dale Steyn picks KL Rahul as RCB's long-term contender for captaincy

Somya Kapoor

Somya Kapoor

Author| Sep 26, 7:22 AM

Photo Credits: Twitter
Photo Credits: Twitter

Former South Africa pacer Dale Steyn is of the opinion that the Royal Challengers Bangalore should rope in KL Rahul as the next skipper for the side as Virat Kohli is set to step down from the post after the conclusion of IPL 2021. 

"If RCB are going to look at a long-term contender as captain, they should be looking within their own borders. The name I've got is an ex-Bangalore player. It's KL Rahul. I just have a feeling he is going to return back to Bangalore in next year's auction," Steyn told ESPNCricinfo.

KL Rahul who is presently leading Punjab Kings since 2020 had earlier played for RCB. Punjab Kings (earlier knock as Kings XI Punjab) had bought him in the 2018 IPL auctions. 

When asked about AB de Villiers being the contender for the post, Steyn said that the right-handed batsman is a phenomenal player and a great leader but is nearing the end of his career and further added that the franchise should think of long term. 

"I don't think AB de Villiers is the right way to go. I think he is a phenomenal player. But he is at the end of his career. I think he is a great leader," Steyn added.  

RCB haven’t won any IPL trophy despite playing three finals. The present skipper Kohli led them to the finals in the 2016 edition were they suffered defeat against David Warner’s Sunrisers Hyderabad in the title clash. 

  • Lokesh Rahul
  • Dale Steyn
  • Virat Kohli
  • AB de Villiers
  • RCB
  • IPL 2021

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