Fomer South Africa pacer Dale Steyn stated that Virat Kohli may have “extinguished some fires” before stepping down as Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper.
“He may be just trying to put out and extinguish some fires before they happened, having relinquished the Indian captaincy. If he had two or three bad scores in the next couple of games people might start questioning whether he should give up the RCB captaincy too. So before that even comes into question, he may have decided that let me just say that this is also part of my thinking,” Steyn said on ESPNCricinfo. “I’ve never been a captain so I don’t actually know.”
Kohli said in a statement on Monday that he will be committed to playing for RCB until the end of his career. “It is nice to know that he has committed himself to the team and he wants to be there to see an IPL trophy come to RCB. He has given so many years and I think that is in the back of his mind too that he is not going to leave until he wins an IPL for RCB,” said Steyn, who played for RCB last season and retired from all forms of cricket in August.
Kohli made the announcement of stepping down as RCB captain late on Sunday.
RCB will square off against KKR in thieir eight match of the league. RCB are currently at the third spot in the points tally and they will be be looking to make the most of this tournament as this is Kohli’s last as skipper.