It was not a good start for Virat Kohli’s RCB as they lost their first game of the UAE leg to KKR. Kohli will be stepping down as the captain of the franchise after the UAE leg. He announced the same ahead of their opening game against KKR. To make matters worse, Kohli was dismissed for just five.
After the game, as the skipper of the side, Virat Kohli spoke to his teammates about picking themselves up from this defeat and moving forward.
“We are better off accepting it immediately and being at peace with it. Not meaning that we don’t look forward to the next one but, it should give us more hunger to get on to the field again. And play the cricket that we have already played in this tournament.”
“It’s about accepting that this kind of a game will happen at some stage. There is no reason why we should react differently to losses. We have to stay pretty balanced as a team if we have to go all the way,” Kohli could be heard saying in the RCB dressing room after the match.
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Virat Kohli To Step Down As RCB Captain
RCB has the worst net run-rate among all the eight teams in the competition. They are still placed third in the points table with a net run-rate of -0.706.
Virat Kohli confirmed of stepping down as the captain of the side after this IPL season. Here is his official statement.
“This will be my last IPL as captain of RCB. I’ll continue to be an RCB player till I play my last IPL game. I thank all the RCB fans for believing in me and supporting me,” Kohli said.
“I want to be able to be committed to the responsibilities that I am fulfiling and I felt I needed the space to be fresh, to regroup and be absolutely clear in how I want to move forward,” Kohli said.
“ Spoke to the management this evening, it was something that was in my mind for a while,” Kohli further added.