Virat Kohli said that workload management was the main reason behind his decision to step down as Royal Challengers Bangalore captain after Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.
Virat Kohli has been leading Royal Challengers Bangalore full time since IPL 2013 (PTI Photo)
- Virat Kohli will step down as Royal Challengers Bangalore captain after IPL 2021
- Kohli had taken over RCB’s captaincy in 2013 to succeed New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori
- Kohli will also relinquish India’s T20I captaincy after the World Cup in November
Virat Kohli revealed on Monday that he wanted to manage his workload in international cricket and the Indian Premier League (IPL) which is why he decided to step down as captain from the shorter formats this year.
IPL 2021 will be the final season in which Kohli will lead the Royal Challengers Bangalore and he will also quit as India’s T20 skipper after the upcoming World Cup in the United Arab Emirates later this month.
Kohli had taken over RCB’s captaincy in 2013 to succeed Daniel Vettori and has been leading India in all three formats since 2017.
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“I had to manage my workload at some stage, it wouldn’t have been possible for me to keep going on through the year captaining every Indian team in all three formats and the IPL.
“As a batsman, you have to make sure you are contributing in the best way possible for your team. I didn’t want to compromise on the enjoyment of the game also,” Kohli said on Star Sports.
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Kohli went on to add that he didn’t want to be in a situation where he couldn’t give 100 per cent on the field because of the multiple responsibilities as the captain.
“I didn’t want to be operating at 80% and be miserable in a team environment where I can’t contribute my whole energy to the group very organically. I didn’t want to have a structure around me where I felt like I’m not able to be like myself on the field because my job is to make sure I’m in the best frame of mind to contribute for my team.
“And that is a very unselfish thing to do because what you actually want to do is provide the best out there for your team. And potentially have another guy (as captain) who has a fresh energy and fresh set of ideas to still carry that culture forward and you still continue to be the leader by motivating the youngsters,” Kohli said.
Kohli’s RCB are all set to face the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Eliminator in Sharjah on Monday. The winner of this game will face Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2 on October 13.
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