Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli has revealed that he had considered stepping down as the captain of the franchise back in 2019. He made the revelation alongside AB de Villiers during a candid chat with Jatin Sapru.
Kohli has been the skipper of the Bangalore team since 2013 but has failed to get his hands on the trophy even once. However, his passion for the team never dwindled, as witnessed every time he stepped out onto the field. Recently, he announced that he will be giving up the role as the captain of RCB at the end of the IPL 2021 season.
The decision to do so was made on the back of reducing his overall workload since he is also the skipper of the Indian team in all three formats for now. But Kohli had already pondered over quitting captaincy back when RCB had a horrendous 2019 IPL season.
“I had spoken to AB in 2019, it’s not new. With the IPL, I’ve always been in a space where I’ve wanted to create some kind of peaceful environment for me throughout the calendar year.”
“And we had these discussions and I thought ‘okay fine, we’ll give it one more year’ because we had a restructuring of the management and things were much better in 2020. I felt a bit more relaxed at that stage,” Kohli pointed out.
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“I’ll continue to be an RCB player till I play my last IPL game” – Virat Kohli
The 32-year-old Virat Kohli had mentioned that he wanted to focus on his batting while announcing that he will step down as the RCB captain. However, he pledged allegiance to the franchise stating that the RCB will remain the only team he’ll play for in the IPL.
“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. It’s been a great journey of nine years, with moments of joy and frustration, happiness and sadness,” Kohli had said.
Under Kohli, the team has reached the playoffs in the IPL 2021 season and will likely face Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Eliminator on October 11, Monday.