“I’ll be there with my heart and soul for RCB as always”, says Virat Kohli after being retained by RCB

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Former RCB skipper Virat Kohli is extremely happy to be retained by the franchise ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction. Virat Kohli has revealed that he had no second thoughts about staying with RCB when the franchise contacted him for the same. He also stated that though he will not be there as a leader with RCB he will be there with his “heart and soul” for RCB.

 

Virat Kohli was among teh three players retained by the RCB as revealed by the Players Retention list released today by the franchise. Virat Kohli whose salary was 17 crores has taken a pay cut of Rs 2 crores & has been retained for 15 crores while Glenn Maxwell & Mohammed Siraj has been retained for 11 & 7 crores.

 

Speaking after being retained by RCB on expected lines, Kohli said, “When I was contacted, I didn’t have any second thoughts at all. I believe the best is yet to come, I have a good feeling about what’s to come from the next season onwards.”

The former RCB captain added that he will remain as committed to the franchise as before. He stated:

“Committed as an RCBian. I could not be more thankful. I’ll be there with my heart and soul for RCB as always.”

Though Virat Kohli has an average season in IPL 2021, he has scored 405 runs in 15 matches he has played at a strike rate of 119.46. Meanwhile, RCB have released their prolific leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal as well as pacer Harshal Patel. The latter was the Purple Cap winner in IPL 2021, claiming 32 wickets in 15 matches at a strike rate of 10.56.

Mike Hesson heaped praise on Virat Kohli after retaining former skipper

RCB’s Director of Cricket Mike Hesson said that they had 607 players in mind with regards to retention but they have preferred to go with three of them as they wanted to have a bigger salary purse for the upcoming auctions.

Elaborating on the decision to retain Kohli, Hesson commented:

“Obviously, he is the rock at the top of the order. The high volume of runs plays all bowlers well and scores all around the wicket. He knows Chinnaswamy well and we are really happy to be back at Chinnaswamy this season. Kohli is an icon in terms of RCB and a key player for us. Even though he is not captain, he will still be a leader within the group.”

Ahead of the UAE leg of IPL 2021, Kohli announced that he would be stepping down as RCB skipper following the end of the season.

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