Virat Kohli decided to step down from captaincy of Indian cricket team in T20 format and Royal Challengers Bangalore after this World Cup and IPL 2021 respectively. Dale Steyn who had retired months back shared his thoughts on the same with ESPNCricinfo.
Steyn Speaks on Kohli’s Decision
Dale Steyn, former South Africa bowler spoke in detail how he thinks Kohli took the decision to avoid fingers from being pointed at him. “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.
He added, “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.”
Steyn on Kohli’s IPL Future
Steyn later commented that Kohli might end up his IPL career with Delhi Capitals since he comes from Delhi. He opined how at the end of the day the coaches and management of Royal Challengers Bangalore will take the call. “It does boil down to the coaches and the RCB management at the end of the day. It doesn’t matter how good a player you are, you could see yourself walking. We’ve seen Chris Gayle leave the team. We have seen David Beckham leave Manchester United after playing for an entire lifespan for them. You never really know; you have these famous people playing for their clubs for a long time and who knows.”
“Virat is originally from Delhi and for all we know, they (Delhi Capitals) could say ‘come finish with us,” Steyn concluded.