Virat Kohli to step down as RCB captain after IPL 2021

Virat Kohli has decided to step down as captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore team once the VIVO IPL 2021 season concludes. Kohli, who is one of the franchise’s most accomplished players, will remain with the RCB team.

Virat Kohli also declared earlier this week that he will step down as India’s T20I captain after the T20 World Cup. He cited workload as one of the reasons for standing down at the time, and he has now opted not to manage RCB again in the coming season, with the major auction slated to take place later this year.

“Virat Kohli has decided to step down as captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore after the VIVO IPL 2021 season concludes. Kohli, one of the franchise’s most distinguished players, will remain with the Royal Challengers Bangalore side “,the official statement stated.

Kohli, who has been with RCB since the first season of the IPL in 2008, was named captain in 2011 and has guided the team to a 48.4 percent success rate in 132 matches, winning 62 and losing 66. RCB reached the play-offs in 2015 and 2020 under Kohli’s captaincy, and finished second in 2011 and 2016. Kohli, who is the competition’s greatest run scorer, also leads the batting records as a skipper with 4,674 runs at a 43.28 average, including 33 fifties and five hundreds.

“Virat Kohli is one of the best cricketers in the world, and he has been a great asset to RCB,” said RCB Chairman Prathmesh Mishra. “His work ethic and leadership abilities are second to none. We respect and support Virat’s decision, and we appreciate everything he’s done for the RCB leadership group. He’s made an indelible stamp on the franchise and will remain a key member of the squad.”