IPL 2019: Virat Kohli set to captain RCB for 100th time

Royal Challengers Bangalore plays Rajasthan Royals, with both teams eyeing their first win of the twelfth edition of IPL.

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli in action against Mumbai Indians at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday.   -  AFP

Virat Kohli will lead Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for the 100th time in the Indian Premier League on Tuesday, when it takes on Rajasthan Royals at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in the 14th match of the season. Kohli was appointed as the official captain of the franchise ahead of IPL 2012 and only Gautam Gambhir (129 matches) and MS Dhoni (162 matches) have been captains of IPL teams in more matches than him.

Under the 30-year-old, RCB has won 44 and lost 50 of the 99 matches, boasting a win percentage of 44.44. It has also tied two matches and had three no-results.

Kohli's mettle as captain of RCB has been questioned on many occasions, never more so than at the start of this season, with Gambhir going on to say that he is "lucky" to remain the captain of the Bangalore franchise despite not winning the title in seven years since assuming full-time captaincy.

"He has been very lucky and should be thanking the franchise that they stuck with him because not many captains have got such a long rope where they haven't won a tournament," the former Kolkata Knight Riders captain, who led the franchise to two IPL titles, said.

RCB has lost its three fixtures so far this season, while it was unfortunate to lose to Mumbai Indians last Thursday, when an on-field umpire failed to signal no-ball on the last ball of the match.