The 32-year-old will be leaving the T20 captain in India to handle the immense workload he went through as an all-format skipper and his decision to leave the leadership role in franchise cricket is part of that endeavor.
“This will be my last IPL as RCB captain. I will continue to be an RCB player until I play my last IPL game. I thank all RCB fans for believing in me and supporting me,” said Kohli in a video statement issued by RCB.
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“I spoke to the squad. It was something that had in mind when I recently announced that I would be stepping down as captain of the T20 to cope with my immense workload.
“I want to be clear about how I want to develop. I made it clear to management that I couldn’t imagine playing on a team other than RCB,” he added.
Kohli joined the RCB roster in 2008 when the league was launched and began leading the squad in 2013. He didn’t even manage to win the IPL title but was never removed from captaincy due to his immense brand value.
“It’s just a little stop, not the end of the journey. The journey continues, ”he assured me.
The star batsman, one of the most highly decorated players in the franchise, will continue to be part of the RCB roster.
Kohli has been going through a rough patch where he skipped a test century in two years and maybe the decision will help focus on the longest format in the game.
He did 563 runs at 26.80 in 12 tests during that time.
“It has been a great and inspiring journey to have a number of talented players on the RCB roster.
“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 growing the franchise over the years.
“It was not an easy decision, but one that was well thought out and in the best interests of this wonderful franchise.”
Kohli has played 199 IPL matches so far and scored 6076 runs with five hundred.
He had his best IPL season as a batsman in 2016 when he won the Orange Cap with 640 runs averaging an astonishing 81.
Kohli, the highest-paid cricketer in the IPL, was the first to be taken over by his franchise ahead of the 2018 player auction.
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