Former England skipper, Kevin Pietersen has suggested Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batter Virat Kohli make a switch to the Delhi Capitals (DC) for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season. In his tweet, Pietersen wrote: “Time for VIRAT to make the move to the capital cityâ€æ! #IPL”.
Pietersen’s remark came after RCB failed to reach the IPL 2023 playoffs after losing the must-win league match to Gujarat Titans (GT). Pietersen reckons that Virat Kohli should play for a Delhi-based franchise in the IPL because it is his birthplace. Pietersen’s comments drew different reactions from cricket fans on Twitter. While some die-hard RCB fans criticized the England legend for suggesting such a move, many urged Kohli to heed the advice.
Don’t think he will move out of RCB but if that happens, then Virat might want to be in CSK to continue his IPL journey under his forever Captain Dhoni.
— Trilok Reddy (@3lok_cricketfan) May 22, 2023
Virat Kohli has been a part of RCB since the tournament’s inception in 2008. The 34-year-old holds the record for most IPL matches played for a single team. Having played more than 230 games for the franchise, Kohli holds the record of being the only batter to score over 7,000 runs in the cash-rich league. The star batter has stated previously that he would like to remain with RCB till the time he is playing in the IPL.
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Virat Kohli said, “It has been such an amazing journey. It is always going to be our dream, winning the IPL together. There is no scenario where I could think of leaving the team ever. You can feel emotional about the season not going well but till the time I am playing IPL, I am never leaving this team. The fans, their loyalty has been amazing.”
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s IPL 2023 campaign came to an end with a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of Gujarat Titans on Sunday. Virat Kohli was visibly upset as the team finished another season without winning the IPL.
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Virat Kohli played an unbeaten knock of 101 as RCB batted first at home. While RCB may have believed they could easily defeat GT, Shubman Gill had other plans. The opener smashed a dominating century in 52 deliveries as Gujarat Titans won the match by six wickets with five balls remaining. Vijay Shankar, who made 53 out of 35, was a big help to Gill. The crushing blow of elimination struck Kohli hard, and he was seen throwing a bottle after RCB failed to defend the 198-run target.