IPL 2021: Virat Kohli to resign as RCB captain at end of season

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Kohli has decided to step down as captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore. He shared the information via a tweet post on the official handle of RCB. The development comes days after he declared to leave leadership role after T20 World Cup. Kohli, one of the most decorated players of the franchise, will continue to be part of the RCB squad.

“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,” said Virat Kohli.

“It has been a great and inspiring journey, captaining a talented bunch of players in the RCB squad. It wasn’t an easy decision but one that has been well thought of and in the best interest of this wonderful franchise,” he added.

Virat Kohli will now look to end his IPL captaincy on a high by winning the maiden IPL trophy. He has guided RCB to 5 wins out of the first 7 matches in IPL 2021. The development came on the eve of RCB vs KKR scheduled to take place on September 20.

The main question being raised is- Who will lead RCB after Virat Kohli’s resignation?

Virat Kohli as IPL captain

Since taking over as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain in 2013, the expectations have been high for him to lead the team to their first IPL title. However, despite doing well on an individual front, he has failed quite badly.

Under Virat Kohli, RCB have seen highs and lows. If they have posted the highest-ever IPL score of 263 against now-defunct Pune Warriors India but have also seen posting the lowest-ever total of 49 against Kolkata Knight Riders. Amid all, even though Virat Kohli has reached individual milestones, becoming IPL’s all-time top-scorer, the IPL title has remained elusive, failing in final thrice and thrice in IPL playoffs including IPL 2020.

  • Virat Kohli’s captaincy record in IPL is poor with a 65-60 win-loss record.
  • With a winning percentage of 48.04, Kohli has one of the lowest winning records.
  • In 132 matches as a captain, Kohli has won just 60 and lost 65 matches.
  • His competitor Rohit Sharma has the best captaincy record with 60.16% captaincy winning percentage.
  • If Kohli doesn’t manage to win IPL 2021 title in UAE, he himself could step down.
  • Furthermore, while his batting average for RCB isn’t questionable, in T20Is, it has certainly dropped. As Virat Kohli is concentrating on Tests and prolong his career, stepping down from RCB captaincy is on the cards.