After Virat Kohli announced his decision to quit captaincy as T20 captain of his country team after the T20 world cup, he has renounce his captaining for Royal Challenger Bangalore (RCB) till this edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The two-month tenure in UAE will be the last as a T20 captain. On Sunday 19 September 2021 the franchise had announced that Kohli had decided to quit his role after IPL 2021. Kohli made it clear that he will continue playing for RCB but won’t be the skipper for the team. He announced his decision from a Twitter handle of RCB.
Kohli posted a 2.9 minutes video on the Twitter handle of RCB saying that, this will be my last leg of IPL as skipper of the franchise. I will continue to play for the RCB as a player till my last IPL game. It was something that was on my mind for a while, to manage my workload as I had recently announced stepping down from the T20 skipper role of the country.
Previously Kohli announced that to give more to the country and his fans he decided to step down from the T20 and limited over cricket match. He wants more time to focus on his batting and give his best. He said, “this is the right time to be relieved to the charge of captaincy”.
He felt easing the workload, would keep him fresh for the new challenges. He said “it’s not the end of the journey, this is just a small pause. To be clear and full focus on the future moves, I needed the space to be fresh. I understand my workload and keep committing to the responsibility”.
As an RCB skipper, it is quite underwhelming tenure if he could not manage the season by winning the trophy leaving RCV on high. In 2013 he took the responsibility as an RCB skipper and in eight years’ tenure, he was still underachieving because he wasn’t able to lead the RCB to an IPL title. In 2016 he was closest to landing the IPL trophy, but unfortunately, it eluded him. Whereas he scored 973 runs in the whole trophy. Despite having legends like AB De-Villiers and Chris Gayle from his side. Maybe without being a skipper he could turn more intense and aggressive in his batting than ever before. As the skipper of an aspirational franchise like RCB who is so desperate to win the trophy, Kohli felt more emotional pressure than leading the country’s team in the same format of cricket. He hasn’t scored any hundred in the past two years, therefore Kohli wants to remove distraction and negativity and be more concentrated on his batting.
Former West Indies player Brian Lara supported Kohli in his decision and backed him by saying RCB and Indian captain wants to understand his workload and keep committing to the responsibility he has.