Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar felt that the timing of Virat Kohli’s announcement of stepping down as captain of India and RCB in the T20 format was quite peculiar.
Kohli decided to relinquish the captaincy citing workload management. He made the decision to step down as India’s T20 captain last week on his social media account. He will lead the side in the upcoming T20 World Cup, which will be his first and last ICC T20 tournament.
Later, he further surprised everybody when he gave up RCB’s captaincy as well. The franchise posted the video on its Twitter account where Kohli was seen confirming that the IPL 2021 season will be his final season as captain.
“If you want to do that [step down as captain], you probably do it after the tournament. I am just curious about both the announcements as to why he had to do it before the tournaments,” Manjrekar said.
“I’ll continue to be an RCB player till I play my last IPL game” – Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli took over the role of a captain full-time back in 2013. He may have failed to deliver a trophy for the RCB side but the fans have always supported the 32-year-old. He thanked them for all the backing he received during the tough times.
“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. RCB is going to go through a transitional phase with a big auction coming up next year… I’ve made it clear to the management that I cannot think of being in any other team than RCB,” Kohli said.
Kohli will be playing his 200th match in the IPL when he turns up for the 31st match of the IPL 2021 season against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Monday.