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Kohli vows to don ‘red jersey’ till last moment in IPL, pinpoints 13 years ‘loyalty matters’

by  Aman Singh  •  Last updated on 2021-10-12 11:58:33

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Virat Kohli’s last run in the lavish Indian Premier League as the renowned skipper concludes on a disheartening note. The Royal Challengers Bangalore were knocked out of the trophy race, as Kohli’s brigade succumbed to a 4-wicket loss against forward marching Kolkata Knight Riders in the Eliminator played last evening.

Virat Kohli has already informed fans and team management that IPL 2021 will be his wrap-up season as RCB skipper, this announcement was interlinked with Virat’s previous revelation where he took social media to announce his decision to step-down as team India’s skipper in the shortest cricket format after guiding the men in blue in the upcoming T20 World Cup.

In a brief press conference, conducted minutes after RCB’s flop show against KKR, Kohli established the fact that I have always given my 120 percent in each of the IPL seasons leading my favorite IPL franchise.

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“I have tried my best to create a culture here where youngsters could come in and play expressive cricket and belief. It is something I have done with the Indian team level as well. I have given my best. I don't know how the response has been of that, but I can vouch for the fact that I have given 120% to this franchise every year leading the team, which is something I will now do as a player," Kohli said at the post-match presentation.

“Yes definitely, I don't see myself playing anywhere else. To me loyalty matters more to me than other things which from the worldly point of view seem more important. This franchise has believed in me and as I said my commitment is to this franchise till the last day till I play in the IPL," Kohli signed off.  

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During his last appearance as RCB’s skipper, Kohli tried his best to lead his side to the ‘Qualifier-2’ with a top-scoring performance of 39 runs. Royal Challengers Bangalore, apprehends the toss advantage and chose to bat first in the knockout match. Although the decision backfired, as RCB batter never looked comfortable against KKR’s supreme bowling unit. Sunil Narine stuns the Southern franchise, as the Caribbean spin-wizard never allowed RCB batters to settle down and uprooted four scalps while spending just 21 runs in his match-defining bowling spell. The fabulous bowling show restricted Bangalore to a mediocre total of 138 runs at cost of seven wickets in the complete run of 20-overs first phase.

Kolkata Knight Riders completed the run chase with two balls to spare and are lined-up against Delhi Capitals on Wednesday to square-off for the ultimate dream of featuring in the IPL 2021 final.