Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday announced that Virat Kohli will step down as RCB captain after the end of the Indian Premier League 2021 season.
“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,” said Kohli
“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”, he further added.
Virat Kohli’s captainncy record in the IPL
Virat Kohli has been associated with RCB since 2008. He is the only player who has played all the seasons of IPL with the same franchise. Kohli was appointed captain of RCB in 2011. Since then Kohli has captained the side for nine seasons but yet to win a trophy. So far, the side has won 62, lost 66, of the 132 matches under him. The best season finish under him so far has been, when RCB finished as runner-up in 2016. The franchise made the playoffs on only two other occasions under Kohli’s captaincy – 2015 and 2020. So, let’s look at few records held by Virat as a captain of RCB.
1. Virat has scored the most runs in IPL history as captain.
2. At the age of 22 years, Kohli holds the record for youngest captain in IPL history.
3. Kohli has led RCB in 132 IPL matches which is the second-highest for any captain in the IPL. He is only behind MS Dhoni (196) in terms of matches played as a captain in the IPL.
4. He also holds the record of scoring most hundreds(5) as a captain in IPL.