Though IPL 2021 resumed on Sunday with a thrilling match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, it was Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli who caught everyone's attention indeed. In a shocking announcement, Kohli informed that he would be stepping down as captain of the franchise after the conclusion of IPL 2021.
RCB took to social media on late Sunday to share the video in which Kohli could be seen thanking his fans and all the supporters. However, the 32-year-old clarified that he will remain with RCB till his final IPL game.
"Hello everyone, the whole RCB family, the amazing fans of Bangalore and to all those who have supported us. I have an announcement to make…to inform everyone that this (UAE leg of IPL 2021) is going to be my last stint as captain of RCB," Kohli said in a video uploaded on RCB's official Twitter handle.
"I spoke to the management this evening, it was something that was in my mind for a while… This will be my last IPL as captain of RCB. I’ll continue to be an RCB player till I play my last IPL game. I thank all the RCB fans for believing in me and supporting me,” Kohli said.
It is worth noting that Kohli’s decision to step down as RCB captain after the 14th edition of the mega event comes only a few days after the cricketer announced that he will give up Team India's captaincy in the shortest format after the upcoming T20 World Cup to manage his workload.
"I want to be able to be committed to the responsibilities that I am fulfiling and I felt I needed the space to be fresh, to regroup and be absolutely clear in how I want to move forward," said the RCB skipper.
"It's been a great journey of nine years of joy and frustration, happiness and sadness. I just want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for supporting me and believing in me relentlessly," he added.