Three days after announcing his decision to step down as India’s T20 captain, Virat Kohli on late Sunday night announced that he will also be stepping down as the captain of IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) from the next season.
On the eve of RCB’s match against Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi, the skipper took to social media to announce his decision.
The 32-year-old batsman wrote, “Before the second leg of the tournament starts, I’ve spoken to the squad this evening to inform everyone that this is going to be my last leg in the IPL as the captain of RCB. This is something that was on my mind for a while as I recently announced stepping down from T20 captaincy as well to manage my workload, which has been immense over many years. I want to be able to be committed to the responsibility that I am fulfilling.”
Kohli was appointed as the captain ahead of the 2013 IPL season as a successor to Daniel Vettori. So far, his team has won 62 matches out of 132 matches and 66 losses. The best season finish under him so far has been a runners-up spot in 2016, a final that RCB lost to SunRisers Hyderabad by 8 runs at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, their home ground. Other than that, the franchise made the playoffs on only two other occasions under Kohli's leadership: in 2015 and 2020.
"It has been a great and an 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. The RCB family remains close to my heart as we continue to strive to achieve excellence. As I have mentioned previously on many occasions, I will only play for RCB until my retirement from the game of cricket," Kohli further wrote.