Virat Kohli should have timed his decision to step down as Royal Challengers Bangalore captain better, according to former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir. Kohli, 32, accepted the offer on Sunday, September 19, but also committed to play for the Challengers till he retires from cricket. Gambhir, who last played in the IPL in 2018, believes Kohli’s decision between now and the IPL 2021 could disturb RCB, who have won five of their seven matches so far.

Gambhir, a two-time IPL champion, also believes Kohli’s move will put undue pressure on the players in the T20 league’s second leg. Gambhir, on the other hand, praised Kohli for making the bold decision and wished RCB luck in the second half of the season.

“Taking a step back and retiring are two extremely personal decisions. He has made a courageous decision, but it will be an emotional experience for him. It’s likely that the players and the franchise will remain emotionless and continue to play the way they did this season,” Gambhir continued.

Kohli was named the franchise’s captain in 2013, however he has yet to win an IPL trophy with his squad. Kohli has been chastised for his captaincy, despite the fact that he is the IPL’s all-time leading run scorer. The Royal Challengers Bangalore will face the Kolkata Knight Riders in their second IPL 2021 match on Monday, September 20 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Virat Kohli’s decision to step down as Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) captain at the end of the IPL 2021 is real, according to West Indies batting legend Brian Lara, and will allow him to provide more as a player.

“First and foremost, he does not leave you in the dark”, Lara commented. “I think he presents good enough reasoning. Virat Kohli is more committed to the game than any other player I’ve seen. It’s either Tests, ODIs, or T20s. He is still a youthful man at 32 years old. Kohli, on the other hand, has made it obvious that he intends to continue playing all three formats, owing to his zeal and devotion. I was taken aback, but his reasoning was sound, and you should wish him well. He still has a lot of years left as a player at 32.”