On Sunday, RCB uploaded an announcement of Virat Kohli. In the video, Virat Kohli announced that he will step down as the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore after IPL 2021. Last week, Kohli had announced his resignation from captaincy of India T20. Whenever we think of IPL and RCB, the first name that comes to our mind is Virat Kohli but despite his efforts he never won IPL trophy, as a player or captain. Being the face of RCB, Virat Kohli in took captaincy in the mid of 2012. He has been an ambassador for the franchise in T20 cricket.
In a video shared, Virat Kohli, said, “Hello everyone! To the whole RCB family. The fans, the amazing fans of Bangalore and everyone who has been a supporter of RCB for so many years. I had an announcement to make. Just spoken to the squad this evening. Before the second leg of the tournament starts, to inform everyone that this is going to be my last leg in the IPL as captain of RCB. I spoke to the management this evening. It was something that was on my mind for a while. As I recently announced, stepping down from the T20I captaincy as well. My workload, which has been immense for the last so many years. I want to be able to be committed to the responsibilities that I am fulfilling, and I felt that I needed the space to refresh, to regroup and to be absolutely clear in how I want to move forward.”
He further, added, “It has been a great and an inspiring journey, captaining a talented bunch of players in the RCB squad,” He further added, “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.”
“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”, said Prathmesh Mishra, RCB Chairman.
In his announcement video, talking about RCB, Kohli, said, “Spoke to the management this evening. It was something on my mind for a while. As I recently announced, (I’ll be) stepping down from T20 captaincy as well to manage my workload which has been immense over the last so many years. I want to continue to remain committed to the responsibilities I am fulfilling and I felt I needed this space to refresh, regroup and be absolutely clear in how I want to move forward. And also understanding that RCB is going to go through a transitional phase with a big auction coming in next year. I made it clear to the management that I can’t think of being in any other team than RCB and that’s been my commitment from day one.”
Here’s a link to his announce video:
Today, Royal Challengers Bangalore will resume their season with a match against Kolkata Knight Riders.