Amid being disappointed over the RCB's exit from the current IPL season, the fans of the franchise have been waving emotional goodbye for captain Virat Kohli, as his captaincy for RCB has come to an end. From the moment when Kohli announced his resignation from the IPL captaincy, the RCB fans hoped for a glorifying ending of his captaincy by winning the IPL Trophy this time.
The trophy was in sight when the RCB had successfully entered the playoffs and took on the Knight Riders on Monday. However, in the end, Kohli's fleet had lost its road to the finals by getting defeated by the Knight Riders, which won by four wickets and entered the Qualifier 2, where it will be taking on the Delhi Capitals. RCB is out of the IPL 2021 and still has the tag of being an unsuccessful team in the IPL, despite having a strong contingent.
The exit has also brought Kohli's captaincy era to a heartbreaking end. During the ongoing season, Kohli had announced that he will relinquish his T20 captaincy both in the IPL and the Indian cricket. While he said the current IPL season would be last for him as the captain, he will be stepping down as the captain of the Indian T20 cricket team after the upcoming T20 world cup. With a disappointing end both for Kohli and the fans, the run machine has been poured with a memorable send-off from the captaincy as the fans are giving an emotional send-off to Kohli, who captained the RCB for nearly a decade since 2013, becoming one of the longest-serving captains in the IPL. He is also one of the few cricketers who have played for the same franchise in the IPL.
He had received a youth contract for RCB in 2008 and he was appointed as the RCB captain in 2013 and served till the current season. However, his captaincy had taken a hard blow several times as the team didn't win a single IPL trophy in its history. Kohli has played 199 matches in the IPL and scored 6076 runs with five centuries and forty half-centuries. In what has become a remarkable milestone, Virat Kohli had become the first Indian batsman and fifth overall player to complete 10,000 runs in T20 including IPL. He achieved this feat while batting against the Mumbai Indians in Dubai in the current season. He leaves the captaincy by being a tenacious and dangerous batsman while bracing up the debacles as a captain.
Revealing why he has decided to give up his captaincy, Kohli said, "Firstly, workload was the main factor and I didn't want to be dishonest towards my responsibility. If I cannot give 100% to something, I am not someone who would hold onto something, I am not attached to something like that and that was always very clear in my mind." While speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony after Monday's match, Kohli said, "I have tried my best to create a culture here where youngsters could come in and play expressive cricket and belief."
He further stated," It is something I have done with the Indian team level as well. I have given my best. I don't know how the response has been of that, but I can vouch for the fact that I have given 120% to this franchise every year leading the team, which is something I will do now as a player. I don't see myself playing anywhere else. To me, loyalty matters more than other things which from the worldly point of view seem more important. This franchise has believed in me and as I said, my commitment is to this franchise till the last day till I play in the IPL."
As Kohli has decided to stay as a complete batsman in the upcoming seasons, he had captained 140 matches for RCB and he had won 66 and lost 70 as the captain. On Tuesday, Virat Kohli wrote his last social media message as the RCB captain. He wrote, "Not the result we wanted but I am so proud of the character shown by the boys throughout the tournament. A disappointing end, but we can hold our heads high. Thank you to all the fans, management, & the support staff for your constant support."