IPL 2021: Virat Kohli will play for RCB till the time he retires, says childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma

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Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma on Monday said that Virat Kohli will play for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) till the time he retires and his decision to step down as T20 captain is only to improve his workload management.

Virat Kohli has announced he will step down as captain of RCB after this season of the IPL (Image Courtesy: BCCI)

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Virat Kohli will play for RCB till the time he retires, says Rajkumar SharmaVirat Kohli wants concentrate better on Test cricket and ODIs, says Rajkumar SharmaVirat Kohli will step down as captain of the IPL franchise RCB after the 2021 season

In the past one week, Virat Kohli has made two big announcements. First, he announced that he would step down as India’s T20I captain after the T20 World Cup and now on Sunday, he said that this will be his last season as captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma has backed his wards decision and said it is nothing but an effort to manage the workload.

"Till the time he retires, he wants to play for Royal Challengers Bangalore and that shows his loyalty and he wants to remain part of the team and wants to concentrate on his batting and wants to perform better," Rajkumar Sharma told ANI.

"There is no pressure on him (Kohli), pressure is only of workload, and he wants to improve on workload management so that he can concentrate better on Test cricket and ODIs and country needs him," he added.

Kohli this week also gave up the captaincy of India's Twenty20 side to manage his immense workload, saying he would not continue in the role after this year's World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

"This will be my last IPL as captain of RCB. I'll continue to be an RCB player till I play my last IPL game. I thank all the RCB fans for believing in me and supporting me," said Kohli on RCB's Twitter handle.

"I spoke to the management this evening. This was something that was on my mind... I needed the space to refresh, regroup and be absolutely clear in how to move forward."

Kohli, who took over as RCB skipper full time in 2013, has yet to lead the side to an IPL title.

"RCB is going to go through a transitional phase with a big auction coming up next year... I've made it to clear to the management that I cannot think of being in any other team than RCB," added the 32-year-old.

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