Virat Kohli is synonymous with RCB in the IPL. The former Indian cricket team captain has been with the franchise since the inaugural IPL in 2008. Kohli has led the RCB for eight seasons in 15 years, though the team has yet to win the IPL. Kohli has scored 6469 runs in 217 matches for the franchise, an average of 36.55. He announced ahead of the IPL 2021 season that he would step down as RCB captain in 2022. Despite lucrative offers to join other teams, Kohli’s love for the franchise remains unwavering.
“To be honest, I considered it. Yes, I will not shy away from it, and I have been approached numerous times to participate in the auction in some way, put my name there, and so on. And then I thought about it: at the end of the day. Everyone has X number of years to live, then you die, and life goes on. There would have been many great people who would have won trophies, but no one addresses you in that manner. Nobody in the room says to you, ‘ Oh, he’s an IPL champion or a World Cup champion. ” Kohli stated this during RCB’s franchisee show on Star Sports.
“The realization that I am loyal to RCB in the same way that I am loyal to my family.” Virat Kohli onWhy He Refused Offers From Other IPL Franchises
“It’s as if if you’re a good person, people like you, and if you’re a bad guy, people avoid you, and eventually that’s what life is all about. For me, the realization that I am loyal to RCB in the same way that I am loyal to my family is far more important than the fact that five people in the room will say, “Oh, finally you win the IPL with whoever xyz.” You may feel good for five minutes, but by the sixth minute, you may be unhappy due to other issues in your life. As a result, it is not the end of the world for me.”
Kohli further added that RCB believed in him and backed him all those years when he was in poor form, especially in the initial phases of his career.
“What this franchise has given me in terms of opportunities in the first three years and believed in me that is the most special thing because as I said there are many teams who had the opportunity, but they didn’t back me, they didn’t believe in me,” Kohli said.
“So, now that I’m successful, I should listen to those who say, ‘but’ the IPL. This was my situation until the 2018 England tour. For four years of my life, I was doing well all over the world, with the exception of England. So, there will always be a ‘but,’ you can’t live your life like that, and I just carry on doing my own things, and I honestly don’t care about a third person other than myself and Anushka discussing things and just being true to ourselves, and that’s it. Nothing else or anyone else’s opinion matters to me.”