Virat Kohli’s dream of winning the first title for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as captain in IPL 2021 remained unfulfilled. The Bangalore team was ruled out of the 14th season of the league after their defeat in the Eliminator match against Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday. This was Kohli’s last match as captain and now he will not captain the team from next season. Although Virat has already made it clear that as long as he plays in the IPL, he will play for Bangalore only. Meanwhile, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has made a big statement about Virat’s captaincy in the IPL. Gavaskar believes that Kohli has always had an impact on the team as a batsman despite not winning the title.
“It is said to see him (Virat Kohli) not winning. But the fact he is committed to RCB till he plays RCB just tells you his commitment to RCB.” – Sunil Gavaskar (On Star Sports)
— CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) October 12, 2021
Gavaskar compared Kohli’s captaincy to Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar during a conversation on Star Sports. “It’s definitely disappointing,” he said. Everyone wants to go high and finish. But what you want or what the fans want is not according to it every time. The story is not always written like this. Not everyone’s luck is written to end with the best win. Look at Don Bradman, he needed only four runs for his average of 100 and he got out for zero in his last innings. At the same time, Sachin Tendulkar wanted to score a century in his 200th and last Test match, but it did not happen and could only score 74 runs.
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. 🙏 @RCBTweets pic.twitter.com/VxZLc5NKAG
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) October 12, 2021
“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
Under Kohli’s captaincy, RCB reached the final in 2016, where Kohli was the top scorer in the tournament. He scored 973 runs in 16 matches, which included four centuries and seven half-centuries. Under Virat’s captaincy, Bangalore won 66 of 140 matches and lost in 70. Gavaskar said, “The script is not always written this way. Not everyone has the luck to go to such a height. But can anyone discuss what he has done for RCB? He has given a splendid performance. There was a year when he scored 973 runs, which was 27 runs less than 1000 runs. Nobody has done that. No one is ever scoring 1000 runs.