Virat Kohli has announced that this IPL season will be his last as the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). He has been considered as one of the most prolific batsmen in the league but his luck as a captain has been pretty topsy turvy.
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
He was bought by the franchise in the first mega auction held in 2008 when he was just a promising prospect and had just won the U-19 World Cup as the captain of the Indian team. He became the vice captain of the team from the 2011 season and was also the 2nd highest run getter for the season as he scored 557 runs but his team lost in the finals against Chennai Super Kings.
After Daniel Vettori’s retirement, he was made the captain in the 2013 season. RCB finished fifth but Kohli found success with the bat again as he scored 634 runs that season. He lead his teams to the playoffs in the 2015 season as he scored 505 runs, ending up as the fifth highest run scorer.
The 2016 season needs no mention as he lead his team to finals from the front as he scored a record of 973 runs that season which included four centuries. He was at his peak but his team again faced a tragic loss against sunrises Hyderabad in the final stage.
His IPL captaincy has been criticized a lot due to how RCB ends up in the table. Majority of seasons ended up being failures but he has lead the team admirably during his tenure.
He had earlier announced that he will relinquish his position as the T20 captain of the Indian team. He has said that he will focus on his batting in the format and leave space for his captaincy in the Tests and the One Day format.