Virat Kohli’s era as RCB captain has ended and the man failed to lead his IPL franchise to maiden trophy in the best T20 league. Virat has no regrets as he tried his best in the cash-rich league but the destiny was not on his side.
After RCB were defeated by KKR in Eliminator in the IPL 2021, an emotional Virat spoke about his time with the team, recalling his journey as the leader and the support he got from everyone.
“It’s a bit of an emotional moment for me because I have led this franchise for so long. And I have tried my absolute best to make the team win and get us a title. Unfortunately, it could not happen and such is life. I don’t have any complaints. I only have gratitude for the opportunity that RCB has given me. I am happy that I could give everything I had,” Kohli said in a video shared by RCB on social media.
He had a chance to win the trophy in 2016 when the franchise made it to the finale, but the dream was crushed by Sunrisers Hyderabad who won the league title in the end.
“As I said, some things are not meant to be. I am ever so grateful for everything I have been able to do as a captain for RCB and for the opportunity that I had,” Kohli asserted.
“Well, you obviously sit back and remember all the games where the team found inspiration to come back and win tough games and then turn things around and make the playoffs. Those crucial matches you win, especially at home in Bangalore, were the most amazing. It is the most amazing feeling.”
He thanked fans for their unconditional support. “I never felt for once that I did not have the support of our fans. Every coach, all the management, and the people that have worked for RCB over the years, I have got support from all of them. Even the senior management, I never felt any pressure from them. That’s why I keep saying that loyalty with this franchise is the most special thing. It has been a two-way relationship of mutual trust and respect.”