On Sunday, Royal Challengers Bangalore took to their official social media handle to announce that skipper Virat Kohli would be stepping down from the team’s captaincy after the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season.
Virat Kohli, who has been one of the most decorated players of the franchise, in a video shared by RCB, explained his decision of stepping down from his role as captain after the completion of the ongoing VIVO IPL 2021. He also stated that he will play for the Bangalore-based franchise till the time he plays in IPL. He said:
“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 in many occasions, I will only play for RCB until my retirement from the game of cricket”
Here, check out the video:
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
Meanwhile, as soon as the news came out, fans on social media flooded it with their reactions to the news of Virat Kohli stepping down from RCB captaincy as well. While the fans were left heartbroken with the news, on the other hand, many appreciated Virat’s bold decision to step down from RCB captaincy.
Here, check out the reactions of fans on this:
Tum itna jo mushkura rahe ho, kya gham hai jisko chupa rahe ho. ??
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) September 19, 2021
Well played Champion ❤️ Do continue to shine ?
— Vamsi Kaka (@vamsikaka) September 19, 2021
Would have expected Virat to step down as RCB captain before leaving India T20 captaincy. This just frees up his mind to blast more runs in the IPL! Three months without cares of captaincy will be awesome for him https://t.co/XFU53mAwye
— Chandresh Narayanan (@chand2579) September 19, 2021
— Nithin PSPK Cult ™ (@NithinPSPKCult) September 19, 2021
— ViratVasanth (@ThalaVasanth_97) September 19, 2021
— Virat Kohli Fan's™ (@VKFans_official) September 19, 2021
Can clearly see the pain in his eyes & behind his smile ?.
I really hope that you are fine champ 🙁 https://t.co/EvCMETVVOC
— Yashvi (@BreatheKohli) September 19, 2021
And we’ll continue to support you no matter what. https://t.co/4uUdaaQqdN
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) September 19, 2021
Maxwell next captain ? https://t.co/WPfRjygpij
— Umakant (@Umakant_27) September 19, 2021
From his point of view, he is clear what he is doing… I think he mentally prepared & announced this… Hope he can put down his pressure & play for his agressive passion…
— NAAN DHAAN DA MASS-U ?️ ᴹˢᴰᶦᵃⁿ ᶠᵒʳᵉᵛᵉʳ ? (@Kaar_the_k_n_r_) September 19, 2021
— Bhavana Podapati (@bhavanapodapati) September 19, 2021