After Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) suffered a 7-wicket loss against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Qualifier 2 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 and it resulted in the exit of men in red on Friday. After RCB’s exit from the tournament, former skipper, Virat Kohli took to social media on Saturday and penned an emotional note to everyone associated with the franchise.
Kohli was dismissed for just seven runs during RCB’s seven-wicket loss to RR at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Friday. The former RCB skipper thanked the “12th Man Army” (fanbase) and the management for their continuous support throughout the season, and said that they “make cricket special”.
Captioning his post, Virat Kohli wrote: “Sometimes you win, and sometimes you don’t, but the 12th Man Army, you have been fantastic, always backing us throughout our campaign. You make cricket special. The learning never stops. A big thanks to the management, support staff and all the people who are part of this amazing franchise. See you next season.”
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) May 28, 2022
Virat Kohli failed to get going in most of the games in IPL 2022 and as a result of that, he only managed to score 341 runs in 16 matches, including a couple of half-centuries, which came against Gujarat Titans (GT). Amid his recent struggles, several former cricketers, including former India head coach Ravi Shastri, have said that Kohli should take a break from the sport.
Kohli has been rested for the upcoming five-match T20I series against South Africa, scheduled to be commencing on June 9.
KL Rahul will be leading the team in the absence of skipper Rohit Sharma, who also endured a poor outing during the ongoing IPL season. Both Kohli and Rohit are set to return to action during the one-off Test against England, which will be played between July 1-5 at Edgbaston in Birmingham.