Virat Kohli will step down because the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) after the UAE leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. Earlier this week, Kohli had introduced that he’ll relinquish his Team India captaincy in T20Is after the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup, however will stay because the captain in ODIs and Test.
“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,” Kohli stated in an announcement issued by RCB.
He added, “It has been a fantastic and an inspiring journey, captaining a gifted bunch of gamers within the RCB squad. I want to take this chance to thank the RCB administration, coaches, assist employees, gamers, and the complete RCB household, who’ve been instrumental within the development of the franchise through 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.”
Kohli led RCB in 132 matches since being introduced because the captain in 2013, which is the second-most variety of appearances as a captain in IPL after MS Dhoni‘s 196 for Chennai Super Kings and Rising Pune Supergiants. RCB received 60 matches beneath Kohli, which is the fourth-most beneath any captain within the league, misplaced 66, and 4 ended with no outcome. RCB’s greatest end in an IPL season beneath Kohli got here in 2016 after they reached the ultimate, earlier than dropping to Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Prathmesh Mishra, Chairman, RCB stated, “Virat Kohli is one of the finest cricketers, and has been a true asset to RCB. His impeccable work ethics and leadership skills has been phenomenal. We respect and support this decision and would like to thank Virat for his incredible contribution to the RCB leadership group. He has left an indelible mark on the franchise and will continue to be a senior member of the team.”