Virat Kohli said that the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) season has been one he has enjoyed most after the 2016 season, which was the only edition in which Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) reached the final. Kohli’s nine-year stint as captain of RCB came to an end with a defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Eliminator on Monday.
Kohli said on Monday that the team is proud of the way they played despite the loss to KKR. “We might all be disappointed today but no one looks broken. We are very proud of the way we played, which I think is something we have always tried to create in this franchise, and I have been grateful to get the opportunity to captain this team for nine years,” he said.
“I’ll continue to give everything for this franchise, still be a leader around the group, but not the one making all the decisions. I am very sure that the new people who will come will take this franchise to the next level. I want to thank all of you for making this campaign very memorable and I feel we have created friendships and camaraderie which will last for a long time,” Kohli concluded.
Kohli had announced before the start of the UAE leg of the 2021 IPL that he will be resigning as RCB captain after this season. He has been leading the team since 2013, taking over as captain from Daniel Vettori.