Monday, September 20, 2021




Earlier this week, Virat Kohli had announced that he will relinquish his India T20 captaincy after the upcoming T20 World Cup @ BCCI / IPL.

Virat Kohli will step down as the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore after IPL-2021. Earlier this week, Kohli had announced that he will relinquish his India T20 captaincy after the upcoming T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman.

Appointed ahead of the 2013 season as a successor to Daniel Vettori, Kohli wil end up with nine seasons at the helm for RCB. So far , the side has won 62 of the 132 matches under him to go with 66 losses and 4 no-results. The best season finish under him so far has been a runners-up spot in 2016, a final that RCB lost to SunRisers Hyderabad by 8 runs at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, their home ground. Other than that , the franchise made the playoffs on ony two other occasions under Kohli's leadership in 2015 to 2020.

"It has been a great and an inspiring journey , captaining a talented bunch of players in the RCB squad,"Kohli said. " I would like to take this opportunity to thank the RCB management , coachers, support staff , players , and the entire RCB family, who have been instrumental in the growth of the franchise over the years. It wasn't as easy decision but one that has been well thought of and in the best interest of this wonderful franchise. The RCB family remains close to my heart as we continue to strive to achieve excellence. As I have mentioned previously in many occasions , I will only play for RCB until my retirement from the game of cricket."

RCB Chairman Prathmesh Mishra said, "Virat Kohli is one of the finest cricketers , and has been a true asset to RCB. His impeccable work ethics and leadership skills has been phenomenal. We respect and support this decision and would like to thank Virat for his incredible contribution to the RCB leadership group. He has left an indelible mark on the franchise and will continue to be a senior member of the team.

With a mega auction planned ahead of the next edition , RCB will be able to dive into their squad make-up focusing on Kohli as pure batsman. Kohli, 32 , got back to opening for RCB towards the end of last season and it could be a role he looks to fulfil going forward.

"Spoke to the management this evening. It was something on my mind for a while. As I recently announced , (I'll be) stepping down from T20 captaincy as well to manage my workload which has been immense over the last so many years. I want to continue to remain committed to the responsibilities I am fulfilling and I felt I needed this space to refresh, regroup  and be absolutely clear in how i want to move forward. And also understanding that RCB is going to go through a transitional phase with a big auction coming in next year . I made it clear to the management that (smiles) I cant think of being in any other team than RCB and that's been my commitmet from day one , " Kohli told RCB in his announcement video.

RCB restart this season's campaign on Monday (September 20 )  against Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi.

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Today's IPL 2021 match best performance of a young man is called Ruturaj Gaikwad , played 58 balls and scored 88 runs with the help of 9 Fours and mind blowing 4 Sixes and DJ bravo best performance was also given strong foundation to win over Mumbai Indians in this IPL 2021 match. Dwayne Bravo makes 23 in runs in just 8 balls with the help of huge 3 sixes and with the ball also he had taken 3 important wickets  These players Gaikwad and Bravo were given great contribution to their team.

However it may be a fall wickets  early in the beginning of CSK players lossed their wickets cheaply , top 5 batsman went only for one digit but Ruturaj Gaikwad started slowly and given steady start with the partner Jadeja. The Ravindra Jadeja was also played important knock and spent the time in the crease with Ruturaj. They put their 81 runs partnership between them and builded inning slowly. 

The promising batsman Ambati Rayudu were retired hurt by hit the ball on to his elbow. The pacer Milne banged short into the pitch and the Rayudu has no cue about it. Finally he left the crease as retired hurt. Then Suresh Raina comes out to the crease but he didn't made big score again and went cheaply by 4 runs in 6 balls.

Ruturaj Gaikwad steady start and help of the all rounders called Bravo and Jadeja  to put a fighting total of 156 runs to their opposition. Mumbai Indians were started their inning with a young gun and most talented Anmolpreet Singh and the senior colleague of de cock. They were given good start to MI team but lossed their wickets at regular intervals.

The Mumbai Indians lost their quick 4 wickets at 58 runs and they were in big trouble,  but strong man Sourabh Tiwary came to the crease and he played important role made 50 runs in 40 balls.  His presence shown quality player is having Mumbai Indians Team.

After Fight back to defend the total of 156 but Mumbai Indians lost their match by 20 runs. Player of the Match is Ruturaj Gaikwad. CSK Begin UAE Leg by topping IPL T20 points table. More updates coming soon on IPL T20 or IPL 2021 schedule and cricbuzz live updates.

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