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Virat Kohli to step down as RCB captain after IPL 2021: Gautam Gambhir questions timing of the choice

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Former India opener and Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir stated he was stunned by Virat Kohli’s choice to step down as captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore after the completion of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, questioning the timing of his announcement.

Gautam Gambhir stated Virat Kohli’s announcement which was made on the eve of RCB’s first match of the UAE leg of IPL 2021 could make the group unsettled and put extra strain on them to win it for his or her captain.Virat Kohli stated on Sunday that we might step down as RCB captain on the finish of the rest of IPL 2021. Kohli stated he wished to be clear in regards to the choice, retaining in thoughts the mega public sale in 2022. Kohli maintained that he’ll proceed to play for RCB till he retires from the T20 format of the sport.Kohli’s choice to surrender RCB captaincy comes per week after he introduced he would stop T20I captaincy after India’s marketing campaign within the upcoming T20 World Cup.”Yes, it does (the timing of the decision surprises me). Just before the 2nd leg of the tournament. If you want to do that, you probably do it after the tournament. Because it makes the team unsettled and emotional as well,” Gambhir advised Star Sports on Sunday.”It makes the people probably push even harder. You would not want to do that, especially the kind of situation RCB is in.”They are in an excellent place. Why would you need to put that additional strain, most likely push your gamers to most likely do it for Virat. You do not need to win it for people, you need to win it for the franchise. If he needed to do it, he might have achieved it after the match as nicely.”RCB are at the 3rd spot with 5 wins from 7 matches and will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi on Monday. RCB need only a couple of wins from here to make it to their second successive play-offs in the IPL.Kohli has taken a brave decision: GambhirHowever, the former KKR captain, who is among the most successful skippers in the history of the IPL, said stepping down from high-profile roles are personal and he understands why Kohli decided to give up RCB captaincy.Kohli took over Daniel Vettori as the full-time skipper in 2013 but has not managed to win the league with RCB even once. Under Kohli, RCB’s best finish was a place in the final in 2016 following which they finished outside the play-off spots for 3 successive seasons.”Stepping down and retirement are two selections that are very particular person. No one ought to pressure it on anybody. Probably, it’s a must to really feel it from inside. He has taken a courageous choice however it should be an emotional second. It’s by no means going to be simple. Probably, the gamers and the franchise do not get emotional and proceed to play the way in which they have been enjoying on this season,” Gambhir added.