Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batsman AB de Villiers hilariously joked about the umpires having a better day now that Virat Kohli has stepped down as the captain of the Bangalore franchise. The Protean pulled Kohli’s leg during a tribute speech in the dressing room.
The duo is quite close and is often seen giving advice to each other. They’ve been through the highs and lows while playing for RCB, but it has mostly ended in sorry with the franchise has never won an IPL trophy. Coach Mike Hesson and the RCB contingent had a few words of praise for the Indian skipper.
During the speeches, De Villiers explained how impactful the reign of Kohli has been.
“The word that comes to mind is grateful [on having Kohli as the captain]. The way you have captained the team has certainly inspired everyone. When it comes to your leadership, you have had a much bigger impact than you will ever understand. There are stories that you don’t ever hear of people’s lives that you have touched, not only on the cricket ground but away from it as well,” De Villiers said.
“You have done a great job, but the book isn’t finished yet” – AB de Villiers to Virat Kohli
The 32-year-old Kohli decided to step down from the captaincy of RCB and India (T20 format) in order to focus on his workload. He has been the captain of India in all three formats for quite a while and it took a toll on his batting as well.
“It’s much more important than a trophy, which I still believe will come your way. You have done a great job, but that book is not finished yet. Whatever you have done for us, we won’t forget it. Thanks for all the memories, and I think some of the umpires will sleep a bit better, very happy for them,” de Villiers said trying to lighten the mood.
RCB lost to KKR in the Eliminator on Monday, bowing out of IPL 2021. KKR will face Delhi Capitals tonight in Qualifier 2.