'I Am Heartbroken': Twitterati Get Emotional as Virat Kohli's Captaincy Stint With RCB Ends
Meanwhile, former Indian women's cricketer Snehal Pradhan dubbed it the "end of an era", while retired Test batsman Subramaniam Badrinath talked about the legacy of Kohli's captaincy.
Whether you love him or hate him, you cannot deny what he’s done for @RCBTweets & the @IPL— Bhavna Balakrishnan (@Bhavna__B) October 11, 2021
Watching @imVkohli walk away from what has become his last game as captain of #rcb is heartbreaking💔 he’s still one of Greats of the game. Go well, Virat. This is certainly not the end💪
"I've tried my best to create a culture here where youngsters could come in and play expressive cricket, play with belief. It's something I've tried to do at the Indian team level as well", Kohli said in a conversation with the competition's official broadcaster Star Sports.
"All I can say is that I've given my best. I don't know how the response has been to that, but I can vouch for the fact that I've given my 120% to this franchise every year, leading the team", he said.
Stating that he would continue to give that effort on the field as a player from now on, he added: "It's a great time to regroup, restructure the franchise for the next three years, and bring in people who can take this culture and this franchise to the next level, moving forward".
Kohli was named RCB's full-time captain in 2013 and his best result for the IPL side came in 2016, when they made it to the final but lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad.
RCB ended their 2015 campaign in the cash-rich league in the third place. Just like last year, Kohli's team made it to the playoffs in 2021.
RCB's lowest point in the IPL, though, came in 2012-2014 and 2017-2019, when they failed to progress to the playoffs and finished at the bottom of the charts in two seasons in 2017 and 2019.