As the news came in so suddenly it appears that Virat Kohli will be stepping down as captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore. A video was posted by his franchise on social media announcing his resignation as a captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore team. Indian Premier League 2021 is currently in its second phase in the United Arab Emirates when this sudden statement was made. The RCB captain assured us that this year’s IPL will mark his final IPL as a captain and he will play as an RCB player until the end of his IPL career.
The news came in only a few days later after he confirmed his step down as a captain as Team India’s T20I captain that will take place after IPL in UAE and Oman. He however promised us to keep his captaincy to lead the Indian Team tests and ODIs.
His official statement says “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.”
The 32-year-old captain continues to respond to his astonished fans by saying, “It was something that was on my mind as I recently announced stepping down as T20 captain to manage my workload which has been immense. I want to be clear about how I want to move forward. I have made it clear to the management that I can’t think of being in any other team apart from RCB. “It has been a great and inspiring journey, captaining a talented bunch of players in the RCB squad. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the RCB management, coaches, support staff, players, and the entire RCB family, who have been instrumental in the growth of the franchise over the years.”
It wasn’t an easy decision but one that has been well thought of and in the best interest of this wonderful franchise,” he added as got emotional.
Virat Kohli has been a part of the RCB team since the first season on IPL that took place in 2008. He became the captain of his RCB team in 2013 and has led RCB in 132 matches until now.