IPL 2018: RCB echo Virat Kohli’s words about playing for other franchise

Kohli hasn't ever been auctioned in the tournament.

Virat Kohli
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Virat Kohli celebrates his half-century. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

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Virat Kohli was the skipper of the Indian Under-19 team which emerged triumphant in the 2007 World Cup in Malaysia. He was duly rewarded when the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) roped him in for the 2008 Indian Premier League (IPL). The cricketer has grown in stature ever since and has racked a plethora of records, both for RCB and the national team.

The 29-year has played eleven seasons for the franchise and is the only player in the history of the T20 tournament who hasn’t been auctioned yet. In 2013, he took over the captaincy from Daniel Vettori, who is currently the head coach of the Challengers. He has been a recipient of a fair amount of flak as RCB haven’t won the championship even once in eleven attempts.

An illustrious career for Kohli

They qualified for the Final a couple of times in 2009 and 2016 but were defeated by the Deccan Chargers and the Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively. This time around, they didn’t have an auspicious campaign by any means as well. RCB changed their team combination way too many times and found themselves in a situation from where they needed to win their last four matches to cement their spot in the points table.

Kohli has been a prolific run scorer for them. In 2016, he became the first player to score four centuries in one season and nearly achieved the herculean effort of amassing 1000 runs in that edition. Even this year, he scored over 500 runs and was their leading run-getter. Following RCB’s exit, speculations have been made surrounding his association with the Challengers.

However, the team has iterated that he won’t be leaving his debut franchise. The same has been said by Virat on multiple occasions and his words have been reverberated by the team management. The official Twitter handle of the Challengers took to Twitter and delivered a message which read as

“He has said it multiple times and we’ll quote him again, “I don’t see myself playing for any other franchise.” @imVkohli”

Here is the post

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