Former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli revealed that he had not thought about staying in the franchise when he was contacted for the same. He also stated that, despite not being a leader, he will be there with “heart and soul” for RCB.
Kohli was among the three players RCB retained as the franchise released its retention list on Tuesday. The former skipper, who previously earned INR 17 million, received a salary reduction of INR 2 million. While the 33-year-old was retained for 15 million INR, the Bangalore franchise was also retained Glenn Maxwell and Mohammed Siraj for INR 11 Crore and INR 7 Crore respectively.
Speaking after RCB kept him on the expected lines, Kohli said:
“When they contacted me, I didn’t think about it. I believe the best is yet to come, I have a good sense of what will come from next season onwards.”
The former RCB captain added that he will remain committed to the franchise as before. stated:
“Dedicated as an RCBian. I can’t be more grateful. I’ll be there with my heart and soul for RCB as always.”
Despite having an average IPL 2021 season, Kohli scored 405 runs in 15 matches with a goal rate of 119.46.
Meanwhile, RCB knocked out its prolific player Yuzvender Chahal, as well as pacemaker Harshal Patel. The latter was the Purple Cap winner in the 2021 IPL, with 32 wickets in 15 matches with a hit rate of 10.56.
“He’s the top stone” – Mike Hesson on Virat Kohli
RCB cricket director Mike Hesson revealed they had 6-7 players in mind in terms of retention. However, they preferred to go with the three because they wanted to have a larger canvas purse for the auction.
Elaborating on the decision to detain Kohli, Hesson commented:
“Obviously, he is a stone at the top of the list. Great amount of running, plays well with all bowlers and scores goals all over the wicket. He knows Chinnaswamy well and we are really happy to be back at Chinnaswamy this season. Kohli is an icon in terms of RCB and a key player for us. Although he is not the captain, he will still be the leader in the group. “
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