Indian batting maestro Virat Kohli is currently in Mumbai, where he will take part in the upcoming 1st ODI match of the 3-match series against Australia on Friday (March 17). The first 50-over match between India and Australia will be played at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Ahead of the 1st ODI match, Virat took some time off from his busy schedule and went to meet the Royal Challengers Bangalore women’s cricket team ahead of their game last night in the ongoing Women’s Premier League.
Notably, the Smriti Mandhana-led RCB has had a horrible journey so far in the tournament. While they are going through a lean patch, they got much-needed motivation from Virat, who has been associated with the franchise for a long time now. He captained the RCB men’s team for almost a decade before giving up on the role ahead of IPL 2022.
Virat shared his experience of playing for RCB in the IPL and motivated the women’s team to do well despite the results not being in their favor. In a video shared by the RCB’s official Twitter handle on Thursday, Virat can be heard saying:
“I’ve been playing IPL for 15 years. And I haven’t won it yet. But that doesn’t stop me from being excited every year. That’s all I can do. That’s the effort I can put into every game and every tournament that I play. If we win, great. If we don’t, then I am not going to go to my grave thinking that if only I had won an IPL, I would be a happy man. It doesn’t happen like that. So always think about the opportunity that you have rather than how bad it is right now. There is always a flip side to it, and it could always be worse than this. And the fact that we haven’t won the IPL, but I still feel that we have the best fans in the world. Only because we were always committed to every game that we played for RCB. That has been the most special thing for our fans. There’s no guarantee of giving you a cup every year, but there’s a guarantee of giving your 110% every year, and that’s all you can strive to do.”
Virat Kohli Revealed Why He Quit As RCB Captain
Virat also revealed that he had lost “belief” and his “tank was absolutely empty” towards the end of his tenure as the captain of the side. He said:
“The time when my captaincy tenure was coming to an end here, I was left with no belief, to be very honest. I was gone, the tank was absolutely empty,”
“But that was my own perspective, that was me just an individual saying that I have seen so much of this, I can’t just manage it, handle it anymore,” Kohli added.
You can watch the full pep-talk by Kohli here:
Virat Kohli’s pep talk to the RCB Women’s Team
King came. He spoke. He inspired. He’d be proud watching the girls play the way they did last night. Watch @imVkohli's pre-match chat in the team room on Bold Diaries.#PlayBold #ನಮ್ಮRCB #WPL2023 pic.twitter.com/fz1rxZnID2
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) March 16, 2023