IPL 2021 | Discussed with AB de Villiers about resigning from RCB captaincy in 2019, reveals Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli has revealed that he had discussions with AB de Villiers about resigning from the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captaincy in 2019. Previously, before the first match in the second phase of IPL 2021, Kohli had announced his decision to resign as RCB captain. after the end of the season.

Prior to the first league match in the 2021 IPL second leg, Virat Kohli had announced that he would make way for a new captain for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Kohli also added that he will continue as a RCB player until his last IPL game. The Bangalore-based franchise has already qualified for the playoffs and currently ranks third on the points table.

Speaking to Star Sports ahead of RCB’s final league game against Delhi Capitals on Friday, Virat Kohli revealed that he had discussed with AB de Villiers about resigning from the RCB captaincy in 2019, adding that the management restructuring caused him to reconsider the resignation of the captaincy.

“About this decision, I had spoken with AB in 2019. It is not new. With the IPL, I was always in a space where I wanted to create a peaceful environment. We had this discussion and then I thought we would give it one more year. There was a restructuring of the management and things were much better in 2020. I felt a little more relaxed at that stage, “Virat Kohli said on Star Sports.

Meanwhile, AB de Villiers stated that he was privileged to have played against Kohli, adding that the 32-year-old has always led from the front and made the best decisions for the team.

“Virat Kohli has had an incredible career as captain. I have the privilege of playing with him. I have been a fan of him for the past few years simply because of the pressure he has taken over the years with the Indian team and the IPL.” said Ab de Villiers.

“I felt like this could be an environment where I could have a little fun. Sort of away from Indian cricket and have a little fun in the T20s at the IPL with all the friends and then go to the pressure environment with India at all. formats.

“That has been the talk for the last few years. It has nothing to do with his ability as a captain. We all know that, he has been incredible for us. He has always led from the front and made the best possible decisions for the team and I believe who has had a fantastic streak.

“I would love to put the icing on the cake and end the season with a trophy.”

Virat Kohli was appointed regular captain of RCB in 2013 and guided the team to the final in the 2016 season, when they left for Sunrisers Hyderabad. The team reached the play-offs at IPL 2020, but failed to reach the final after losing to SRH in the tie.

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