Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli will step down after the conclusion of IPL 2021, the batsman confirmed on Sunday. The 32-year-old will be leading the RCB side for the last time in the UAE-leg of the ongoing edition before stepping down from the position.
Earlier, Kohli had sparked headlines after announcing his decision of leaving the T20I captaincy of the Indian team after the T20 World Cup. The news had also stirred speculations among the fans about any sort of tiff between Kohli and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
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.” Kohli said in a video posted on RCB’s official Twitter handle.
Kohli stated that stepping down from captaincy had been on his mind for a while. He has been leading the RCB from the last nine editions since he took over the role in 2011. He will continue to be with the side and contribute as a player after giving up the captaincy.
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“I spoke to the management this evening, it was something that was in my mind for a while,” Kohli further added.
“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,” Kohli said.
“I want to be able to be committed to the responsibilities that I am fulfiling and I felt I needed the space to be fresh, to regroup and be absolutely clear in how I want to move forward,” Kohli said.
“It’s been a great journey of nine years, with moments of joy and frustration, happiness and sadness,” he added.
Royal Challengers Bangalore are currently placed third in the ongoing season, and are set to face Kolkata Knight Riders at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.