Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli has announced giving up his position as the team leader once the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League gets over. The RCB skipper broke this news in a short video shared by the franchise’s official Twitter handle on Sunday.
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.”: Virat Kohli#PlayBold #WeAreChallengers pic.twitter.com/QSIdCT8QQM
"This will be my last leg in the IPL as captain of RCB," Kohli started off the video by making the announcement. "This has been on my mind for a while as I recently announced stepping down from the T20 captaincy to manage my workload which has been immense for so many years and I want to be committed to the responsibilities I am fulfilling."
"I felt I needed this space to refresh, to regroup and be absolutely clear in how I want to move forward. And also understanding that RCB is going through a transitional phase with the big auction coming next year," said Kohli. "I made it clear to the management that I can't think of me being in any other team than RCB. I will continue to be an RCB player till I play my last game in the IPL."
The fans of the skipper were not ready for the news and were completely caught by surprise:
Tum itna jo mushkura rahe ho, kya gham hai jisko chupa rahe ho.— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) September 19, 2021
We love u king pic.twitter.com/SeUSbAUEGJ— ηєнα (@_dreamer__neha) September 19, 2021
nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo yar WTFFFF. have you lost it?— Diksha (@BrahmaandKiMaa) September 19, 2021
Please I haven't fully recovered yet from the heart breaking news of you stepping down from CAPTAINCY for the T20 format and now this— KARTHIK DP (@dp_karthik) September 19, 2021
His fake smile hurts me more pic.twitter.com/rhGKvgHx6o— (@itzzAnjaan) September 19, 2021
Just a couple of days ago, the ace batsman had also announced that he was going to give up his position as the T20I captain of the Indian cricket team once the T20 World Cup 2021 will come to an end. The reason, according to Kohli, is his willingness to focus on his skills as a batsman and his wish to prolong his career as an RCB and Indian cricketer.
According to Kohli’s own admission, the workload as the captain has been “immense” over the last few years, and it began to show on the cricketer’s form with the bat on the pitch. Kohli’s has not scored a single century since November 2019.View this post on Instagram
On the other hand, it is the T20I vice-captain Rohit Sharma who is being pipped as the one to replace Kohli as the skipper after the T20 World Cup is over.