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Virat Kohli: ‘Discussed with AB de Villiers on leaving RCB captaincy in 2019’

Virat Kohli will step down as the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore after IPL2021. The announcement of India’s leading batsman came a few days after announcing the same in T20Is. Kohli made the decision to have a healthy control over his workload, saying he would continue to lead the Men in Blue in the 50-over format and Tests.

Giving more details on his decision, Kohli said that he had discussed the idea with his RCB teammate AB de Villiers in 2019 but continued to lead the team due to the restructuring of the management.

“About this decision, I spoke to AB in 2019. It is not new. With IPL, I was always in a place where I wanted to create a peaceful atmosphere. We had this discussion and then I thought We will give it another year. There was a management restructuring and things were much better in 2020. I felt a little more relaxed in that phase,” Kohli said star sports.

De Villiers also shared his thoughts on playing under Kohli. “Virat Kohli has done incredible performances as captain. I have had the privilege of playing under him. I have been a fan of him for the past few years as he has put pressure on the board over the years with the Indian team and the IPL. I thought it could be an environment where he can have some fun. One step away from Indian cricket and have a little fun with all the friends in T20 in IPL and then back to high pressure environment with India in all formats “

“The same thing has been going on for the last few years. It has nothing to do with his ability as a captain. We all know he has been incredible for us. He has always led from the front and has been the best for the team. Possible decisions have been taken. And I think his run has been fantastic. I would definitely love to put the cherry on the cake and end the season with a trophy,” he added.

RCB will take on Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eliminator in Sharjah on October 12. Kohli has led RCB to four playoffs but is yet to win the competition. This is his last season as captain, so Kohli will look to win the trophy with all his might.

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