The dream of watching Virat Kohli lift the IPL trophy will just be a dream this season as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) lost to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Eliminator by four wickets in Sharjah.
Before the start of the UAE IPL Kohli had announced that he will be stepping down from the RCB captaincy by the end of the season ongoing. The captain has not yet had a winning trophy to his team, now the question persists, ‘Will Kohli continue to play for RCB?’
When asked about how he sees his future as RCB captain, Kohli said, "I have provided 120% to this team and franchise every time, which now I will do as a player. It is a great time to restructure and work with people for the next three years, who will be taking this ahead,".
What is Virat Kohli's future with RCB?
With a mega auction all set to be held for the 2022 edition and new teams being added, which will make it 10 teams instead of eight now, is Kohli going to stay with RCB?
Kohli has made it clear that he cannot see himself playing for any other IPL team or franchise other than RCB. He said, “Yes, Definitely” upon asking if he will still play for RCB. He added, "I cannot see myself playing anywhere else. Loyalty is more important to me than otherworldly pleasures. I will play with RCB till my last game for IPL."
Let's take a look at how the fans reacted on Twitter:
"I have tried my best to create a culture where youngsters could come in & play with freedom & belief.I have given 120% to RCB every time, which is something I will now do as a player.”— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) October 11, 2021
You have been an inspiration, role model and the torchbearer of RCB. #ThankYouCaptainKohli pic.twitter.com/tlC0uMH2iW
???? ???? I've given my 120% to this franchise leading the team & will continue to do so as a player. ???? ????@imVkohli reflects on his journey as @RCBTweets captain. #VIVOIPL | #Eliminator | #RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/XkIXfYZMAj— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) October 11, 2021
I am heartbroken that @RCBTweets didn't win Today. @imVkohli you are an inspiration to a generation and will continue to inspire us. Rightly said, you gave your 120% and that's all that counts.— Ridhima Pathak (@PathakRidhima) October 11, 2021
Congratulations @KKRiders #RCBvsKKR #viratkholi
Is this the last time we've seen Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in the same team?— Snehal Pradhan #MaskUp (@SnehalPradhan) October 11, 2021
Could be end of an era in so many ways for #RCB.
Virat kohli is one of the greatest batsman india has ever seen, the level of commitment to fitness he has brought to team india is phenomenal but there are always questions on his captaincy.— अंकित जैन (@indiantweeter) October 11, 2021
Whether you love him or hate him, you cannot deny what he’s done for @RCBTweets & the @IPL— Bhavna Balakrishnan (@Bhavna__B) October 11, 2021
Watching @imVkohli walk away from what has become his last game as captain of #rcb is heartbreaking???? he’s still one of Greats of the game. Go well, Virat. This is certainly not the end????