Virat Kohli discloses that he discussed stepping down as RCB captain with AB de Villiers in 2019

Virat Kohli just revealed that he will step down as India’s T20 captain after the 2021 World Cup. He also declared a few days later that this will be his final season as RCB’s captain, and that he will continue to play for the franchise as a player solely in the next edition. Kohli’s decisions have sparked a lot of debate among the cricketing community.

Kohli stated last month that he would stand down as RCB captain after the IPL 2021, only days after announcing that he would step down as India captain in T20Is after the T20 World Cup.

Kohli, on the other hand, has revealed that he discussed the matter with his RCB teammate and good buddy AB de Villiers. The star batter stated that he desired a tranquil environment, which led him to consider stepping down as captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

“In 2019, I communicated with AB about this decision. It isn’t a brand-new concept. I was always in a zone with the IPL where I wanted to establish a quiet environment. We had this talk, and I decided to give it another year. In 2020, the management was restructured, and things were much better. At that moment, I felt a little more relaxed,” Virat Kohli revealed in an interview with Star Sports.

In this year’s IPL, RCB has made a strong showing. This season, the team has demonstrated their superiority by pulling off several remarkable victories. RCB has qualified for the play-offs and has established itself as one of the edition’s strongest challengers. As a result, AB de Villiers has spoken out on Virat Kohli’s captaincy, stating that it has been a privilege to play under him.

“Virat Kohli has had an incredible captaincy tenure. I am honoured to be a part of his team. For the previous few years, I’ve been a supporter of his letting it go, solely because of the strain he’s been under with the Indian team and the IPL. I had the impression that this was a setting where he could have a little fun. Take a break from Indian cricket and have a little fun in the IPL with all your buddies, and then go back into the high-pressure situation with India in all formats,” AB de Villiers stated.