The captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore ( RCB) Virat Kohli has made yet another shocking announcement of him stepping down from captaincy after Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. Notably, he recently announced that he will also quit the T20I captaincy after the T20 World Cup 2021. Meanwhile, legendary West Indies cricketer Brian Lara has backed Virat Kohli’s decision.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli has decided to step down from captaincy in T20 format to manage his workload. While making the announcement he clearly mentioned that he will remain Royal Challengers Bangalore player till his last IPL game.
“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 Kohli on RCB’s Twitter handle.
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
Notably, Virat Kohli took over the captaincy in 2013 and since then he has been unable to win an IPL trophy.
Virat Kohli want’s to understand his workload and keep committing to the responsibility he has: Brian Lara
The legendary West Indies cricketer Brian Lara speaking on Star Sports backed Kohli’s decision to quit captaincy in the shorter format of the game and he acknowledged that Virat Kohli needs to manage his workload as he plays all three formats.
“I mean, it’s pretty straightforward. He has said it as clear as possible. He wants to understand his workload and keep committing to the responsibility he has. Very well put together (his statement),” Brian Lara told Star Sports.
“I totally understand. It’s 3 formats of the game. When you go back, it was just Test cricket and the 50-over format. Now he is playing every format of the time.
Lara further added that he is proud of Virat Kohli for making this big decision at the peak of his career.
“There has come a time when he feels ‘listen, I need to take a step back and maybe the focus on Test cricket and 50-overs format of the game and allow somebody else to take the responsibility (in T20s)’. To me, it’s pretty clear.
“Proud of someone who is at the height of his career and makes a decision such as this,” Lara added.