IPL 2021: Virat Kohli to step down as RCB skipper after this season

"I will only play for RCB until my retirement from the game of cricket," Kohli said.

Virat Kohli playing a shot
Virat Kohli playing a shot. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

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Royal Challengers Bangalore has announced that Virat Kohli has decided to step down from his role as captain after the completion of VIVO IPL 2021. Kohli, one of the most decorated players of the franchise, will continue to be part of the RCB squad.

Earlier this week, Virat Kohli also announced that he will be stepping down as India’s T20I captain after the T20 World Cup. He cited workload as one of the reasons for stepping down then and has now decided not to lead RCB in the next season as well with the mega auction also set to happen later this year.

Prathmesh Mishra, Chairman, RCB said, “Virat Kohli is one of the finest cricketers, and has been a true asset to RCB. His impeccable work ethics and leadership skills has been phenomenal. We respect and support this decision and would like to thank Virat for his incredible contribution to the RCB leadership group. He has left an indelible mark on the franchise and will continue to be a senior member of the team.”

Virat Kohli thanks RCB managements, coaches and the team

Virat Kohli confirmed that he will continue to be an RCB player until his retirement from the sport and also thanked the entire franchise for the opportunity to lead.

Virat Kohli, Captain, RCB 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.”