At the end of the IPL 2021, Virat Kohli’s tenure as captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore will be over. The franchise made this announcement on Sunday evening when Chennai Super Kings were playing Mumbai Indians. Just three days earlier, Virat Kohli had announced that he was stepping down as captain of the T20 team after the upcoming World Cup.
The soon-to-be 33-year-old became captain of the RCB in 2013 after joining the franchise in 2008. In his statement to the media, Kohli stated that this was not an easy decision. However, he also added that he would not leave the team but play for RCB until he retires from cricket. This announcement came on the eve of RCB’s first match in the tournament’s second leg against Kolkata Knight Riders.
According to sources close to him, Virat Kohli decided to step down because of the pressure of being a T20 captain. This is why he decided to step down from both his T20 captaincy and the RCB. Before making his decision public, Kohli first announced it to his team members before their training session. He explained that it would be his final leg as captain of the Royal Challengers.
The 32-year-old gave his reason for the resignation as reducing his workload. He said that it was something he had been thinking of for a while and decided it was time. Kohli also added that he needed the space and time to regroup and decide his way forward. However, the skipper promised to remain with the team because he couldn’t see himself anywhere else. He continued to thank the franchise, his teammates, and the fans for the opportunity to be captain.
Before handing over to RCB new captain, Kohli hopes to lead his team to their first IPL title. The Royal challengers are placed 3rd on the points table with 10 points from the seven games played. By the time the games were postponed in May, RCB had managed five wins. Virat Kohli has led his team to the playoffs before in 2016 but is yet to win.
Under Kohli’s captaincy, the Royal Challengers Bangalore have won 62 of the 132 matches and lost 66. Even though not everyone agreed with his way of captaining, his batting was always at the top. As captain, he has hit five centuries, the most in IPL history. He also has 33 half-centuries to his name and scored as captain.
Kohli also holds the record of highest run-scorer overall, with an impressive 6076 runs off of 191 innings. He averages 37.97 with a strike rate of 130.41. As a captain, he also tops the tally at 4674 runs averaging 43.27 with a strike rate of 134.11.
With so many years of captaincy under his belt, Kohli is one of the highest-paid players in the Indian Premier League. He has always played for the Royal Challengers from the very beginning. After leading the Under-19 team to victory in 2008, Kohli started his journey with the RCB.