IPL 2021: Brian Lara supports Virat Kohli’s decision to step down as RCB captain

Virat Kohli announced that he will step down from Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) captaincy after the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) season. The batsman also made it clear that he will continue to play for the franchise till his last IPL game.

West Indies legend Brian Lara has come in support of Virat Kohli’s decision and said that he wants to understand his workload.

“I mean, it’s pretty straightforward. He has said it as clear as possible. He wants to understand his workload and keep committing to the responsibility he has. Very well put together (his statement). I totally understand. It’s 3 formats of the game. When you go back, it was just Test cricket and the 50-over format. Now he is playing every format of the time,” Brian Lara told Star Sports.

The West Indian batsman said that Kohli had to focus more on ODI and Tests at some point of time.

“There has come a time when he feels ‘listen, I need to take a step back and maybe the focus on Test cricket and 50-overs format of the game and allow somebody else to take the responsibility (in T20s)’. To me, it’s pretty clear. Proud of someone who is at the height of his career and makes a decision such as this,” Lara added.

RCB will face Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Abu Dhabi on Monday, 20 September to resume their IPL 2021 campaign.