Another ground breaking news about Virat Kohli has surfaced as the batsman has decided call it quits as the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore after the completion of IPL 2021. He has confirmed that he would still like to be associated with the team as a player but his journey as the leader of the pack will come to an end after this year’s IPL finishing on 15th of October.
Earlier this week, Kohli had put out that he will relinquish his India T20 captaincy after the upcoming T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman.
Appointed ahead of the 2013 season after Daniel Vittori, Kohli will end up with nine seasons at the helm for RCB. So far, the franchise has won 62 of the 132 matches under him to go with 66 losses and 4 no-results. The best season finish under him so far has been a runners-up spot in 2016, a final that RCB lost to SunRisers Hyderabad by just 8 runs at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, their home ground. Other than that, the franchise made the playoffs on only two other occasions under Kohli’s leadership: in 2015 and 2020.
Virat Kohli to step down from RCB captaincy after #IPL2021
“This will be my last IPL as captain of RCB. I’ll continue to be an RCB player till I play my last IPL game. I thank all the RCB fans for believing in me and supporting me.”: Virat Kohli#PlayBold #WeAreChallengers pic.twitter.com/QSIdCT8QQM
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 19, 2021
So, it would only be fair to say that Virat Kohli did not quite have a successful stint in terms of title wins. RCB has always been a star-studded team and never lacked talent but somehow things could not really come together and they still await their first IPL trophy.
“It has been a great and an inspiring journey, captaining a talented bunch of players in the RCB squad,” Kohli said. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the RCB management, coaches, support staff, players, and the entire RCB family, who have been instrumental in the growth of the franchise over the years.
It wasn’t an easy decision but one that has been well thought of and in the best interest of this wonderful franchise. The RCB family remains close to my heart as we continue to strive to achieve excellence. As I have mentioned previously in many occasions, I will only play for RCB until my retirement from the game of cricket.” – Concluded Virat Kohli.
RCB will play their first IPL 2021 game after the break against Kolkata Knight Riders on 20th of September.