IPL, April 9: Ahead of the IPL 2021 opener against Mumbai Indians on Friday, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain v has talked about his special bonding with the franchise.
The 32-year-old, who has been part of RCB since the inaugural edition of the IPL in 2008, said that the thought of leaving the Bengaluru-based franchise has never crossed his mind just because he hasn’t been able to win a title.
Virat Kohli, the captain of the RCB since the 2013 edition added that it was not possible for him to “recreate” the respect, care, and enjoyment at RCB, anywhere else.
There are a couple of other teams who have great fan bases but I think we are a team that gets a lot of support and adulation wherever we play because we play a certain brand of cricket.
We will play our heart out, we might not be composed enough in many difficult situations in the past but there has never been a shortage of passion, commitment, intensity.
“A lot of fun on the field and I as an individual have never felt that I wanna move away from the system just because I haven’t won a title. That happens because things have been so organic, this cannot be created anywhere. This cannot be manufactured in a way that people are forcing me to play, and I am forcing the management to keep me, there has never been a conversation like that. So, things have been very organic. The respect, the care, and the enjoyment I feel here, I don’t think I can recreate anywhere else. The experience has been magical,” Virat Kohli said in a video posted by RCB.
RCB roped in stars players like Glenn Maxwell and Kylie Jamieson in the IPL 2021 mini-auction and are now very hopeful of overcoming the shortcomings of the last season.
In the IPL 2020, RCB had reached the play-offs stage but lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the eliminator.
It feels surreal. Honestly, it doesn’t feel like we went away for too long as there was a lot of cricket in between as well but yeah, very excited that we are playing in India again.
“Although in a different way, in a different setting. I am very optimistic and yes I have a good feeling this time around,” Virat Kohli said in a video posted by RCB. Virat Kohli had said while joining the RCB bio-bubble in Chennai.