IPL 2021: “It’s Not New,” Virat Kohli Recalls Discussion With AB de Villiers in 2019 About Quitting RCB Captaincy

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Dubai: Royal Challengers Bangalore captain, Virat Kohli on Friday revealed that he had discussed quitting the IPL captaincy with teammate AB de Villiers in 2019. RCB chased down 164 against Delhi Capitals with RCB batsman KS India hitting a last ball six at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Last month, the India captain announced on social media that he would step down from the T20I captaincy after the ICC T20 World Cup. A few days later, he decided to relinquish his RCB captaincy even after the end of the current season.

Ahead of his match against Delhi Capitals, the flamboyant batsman told Star Sports analysts that he really felt the pressure of commanding a lot of things and hence wanted to create a peaceful atmosphere during the IPL by moving away from his present. Position to focus more on his batting as captain.

“About this decision, I spoke to AB in 2019. This is not a new thing. With IPL, I was always at a place where I wanted to create a peaceful atmosphere. We had this discussion and then I thought we would give it another year. Management restructured and things were much better in 2020. I felt a little more relaxed at that stage,” said Virat Kohli.

Kohli has been a part of the franchise since the inception of the IPL and has played in three finals, losing on all occasions. Under his captaincy, RCB reached the final once in 2016 but lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Kohli will have one more shot for glory before signing on as the captain. RCB will face Eoin Morgan’s KKR in the Eliminator on Monday at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

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