Virat Kohli’s stint as a captain with Royal Challengers Bangalore came to an end on Monday. RCB’s journey in the latest edition of the Indian Premier League came to an end after the Virat Kohli led team was eliminated after losing a match by Kolkata Knight Riders.
Later after the match, Virat Kohli shared his experience of leading the team as the skipper for nine long years. Royal Challengers Bangalore shared a video via their social media handle, Virat was seen delivering a poignant speech in the dressing room following RCB’s heart-wrenching loss to KKR.
In the video, Virat expressed how this was the most enjoyable season for him following the 2016 edition when RCB finished as runners-up. Further, Virat admitted that while the players were disappointed with the defeat, they are also proud of the way they have played during the season.
He also said that he is grateful for his stint as the RCB skipper and for the faith team management has shown in him over the years. He said:
“Actually, if you ask me honestly, the 2016 season was very special for us, but I think this season has been the most enjoyable after that for me. Being a part of this group and the way we conducted ourselves and the way we have handled success and failure, I think that’s very very special. We all have worked very hard to achieve that. Yes we might be disappointed today, but no one looks broken. We are all disappointed but we are very proud of that way we have played as well, which I think is something we have always tried to create in this franchise.”
Kohli reckoned that he had given it all to the Indian team during his tenure as their skipper. Moreover, Kohli assured everyone that stepping down from the captaincy doesn’t mean he will not play a leadership role in the team. He said:
“Tried the best I could. I will continue to give everything that I have for this franchise always and still be a leader around the group, but not the one making all the decisions.”
Kohli also thanked his RCB teammates for making the campaign memorable for him. Kohli also suggested that the friendships that have been created among the team members shall remain intact even after the season. He said:
“I want to thank all of you for making this campaign very memorable. I honestly feel that we have created friendship and camaraderie here which will last a long time. It’s not something that ends after a season and I can sense it.”
Here, watch the video: