Virat Kohli’s captaincy era in the Indian Premier League (IPL) came to an end on Monday. After suffering a defeat against KKR in the Eliminator of IPL 2021, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli declared that he will continue to play for the Bengaluru-based franchise till the end
“I have tried my best to create a culture where youngsters could come and play expressive cricket. It’s something I’ve tried to do in the India level as well. All I can say is that I have given my best. I have given my 120% to this franchise and will continue giving it as a player on the field,” said Kohli.
“It’s a great time to regroup and restructure the franchise for the next three years. I will definitely (play for RCB). For me, loyalty matters and my commitment is with this franchise till the last day I play IPL,” he added.
Virat Kohli bids adieu from IPL captaincy
- When the UAE leg of the IPL 2021 resumed, Kohli went on to announce that he would step down as the skipper of the franchise after the ongoing edition.
- Kohli had become the regular captain at Royal Challengers in 2013 and he has been a part of the franchise as a player since the inception of the IPL in 2008.
- Under Virat Kohli, RCB had reached the finals of IPL in 2016 and it was in the same edition that Kohli registered the most number of runs by a batter in a single season.
- However, after that RCB found the going tough and the side failed to reach the playoffs in three consecutive years and the jinx was finally broken in 2020.
- In the 140 matches he captained in IPL, Kohli won 66 and lost 70 while four were no results.
- Kohli will also step down as Team India’s T20I captain after the upcoming T20 World Cup.
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KKR will now face Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2 on Wednesday at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.