Out of hundreds of players who have played in the Indian Premier League so far, Virat Kohli is the only player who has represented a single franchise throughout his career. The right-handed batsman started his IPL career as a teenager in 2008 with Royal Challengers Bangalore and is now their captain.
He is now heading into the thirteenth edition of the IPL as the leading run-scorer in the history of the tournament. He is the captain of the franchise since 2013 and had nearly led them to their first-ever IPL title in 2016 when he scored almost 1,000 runs with the help of record four centuries.
So will Virat Kohli ever leave Royal Challengers Bangalore? Would he also like to play for his home town franchise Delhi Capitals once? Well, ahead of the upcoming season, Virat Kohli has ruled out any possibility of leaving the franchise. In fact, he said that he cannot even think of leaving the Bangalore-based outfit ever.
“It has been 12 years. It is such an amazing journey, so surreal. For a lot of people, it’s all about obvious we want to achieve the ultimate goal for the RCB. We have come close thrice but haven’t made it,” Virat Kohli said in a video posted by RCB’s Twitter handle.
“That’s always gonna be our dream together and I was just thinking there is no way in any scenario that I can ever think of leaving this team, because of the love and care, the franchise has shown.
“You can feel emotional about the season going well or not but to have that loyalty with Bangalore, with RCB its quite surreal. Till the time I play IPL, regardless of how we play, I’ll never leave this team,” he added.
Virat Kohli will be desperate to guide the team to IPL title this time around. Since making it to the final in 2016, they have not progressed ahead of the group stage and would be eyeing an improved show in IPL 2020.