In a huge development, Virat Kohli on Sunday (September 19) announced that he will step down as Royal Challenger Bangalore’s (RCB) captain after the IPL 2021.
Taking to Twitter, the Bangalore-based franchise shared a video in which Kohli confirmed his decision.
“Hello everyone, to the whole RCB family, the amazing fans of Bangalore and to everyone who has a supporter of RCB for so many years, I had an announcement to make. Spoke the squad this evening. Before the second leg of the tournament starts, to inform everyone that this is going to my last leg in the IPL as a captain of RCB,” Kohli can be heard saying in the clip.
The RCB skipper further stated that he took the decision to manage his workload. Virat also made it clear that he wishes to continue playing for RCB as a batsman.
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
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 19, 2021
It was only last week that Virat Kohli had quit India’s T20I captaincy, citing workload management as well.
With 5 wins from 7 games, RCB are occupying third place on the IPL 2021 points table. They will resume their campaign against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on September 20 in Abu Dhabi.