Fans bid an emotional farewell to RCB Captain Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli ended an era at Royal Challengers Bangalore, as the skipper of (RCB) stepped down from the position on Monday, having led the franchise for 8 years.

Kohli has failed in leading RCB to an IPL title since taking over as the captain in 2013.

The star cricketer played his last match as RCB captain against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), with a bitter loss and elimination from the IPL 2021, which meant back-to-back eliminator losses in the IPL for Captain Kohli and RCB.

Indian cricket’s most successful captain has not seen that luck translate into success in the IPL, the world’s most prestigious T20 league, as contemporaries MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma, who have had continued success in the franchise, Sharma having won 5 titles. and Dhoni, 3.

Kohli had announced at the beginning of phase 2 of the 2021 edition of the IPL in the UAE that he will quit as captain of the side after this season.

The IPL chapter hasn’t been a highlight on his illustrious cricketing resume, India has never lost a full-fledged three-match T20 series at the international level, with Kohli at the helm.

India has totally dominated bilateral world cricket in such a manner over the latter part of the decade or so, that a lack of the big ICC trophies, one suspects, is what led to the development, although the official party line has been that of workload management.

Kohli is also slated to hand over the T20 captaincy to Rohit Sharma after the T20I World Cup.

Kohli can have the small victories that the he is handing over a well-oiled machine in the Indian team, that just may need a little push to get over the line line in big tournaments.

Sharma, with his 5 IPL cups, may just be that push.