Kohli takes pay cut from RCB after stepping down as captain

Virat Kohli has been retained by Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), but the star player won’t be leading the team first time after 2008.

New Delhi: Virat Kohli has been retained by Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), but the star player won’t be leading the team first time after 2008.

With Kohli now just a team member, he has taken a salary cut of 2 crores from the franchise. Being RCB captain, Kohli was the highest-paid IPL player last year with 17 crore as fees.

Virat Kohli has said in a video posted on RCB Official Twitter handle that he did not have any second thoughts at just being a team member where he has “had an amazing journey”.

“The journey continues, I have been retained by RCB. When I was contacted, I did not have any second thoughts at all. It has been an amazing journey over the years, three more years with the franchise that means so much to me”, he said.

The Indian Test and ODI skipper announced before the commencement of the IPL 2021 that he will be stepping down the captaincy of the team from next year.

The star player has not been able to get hold of the IPL trophy in last 14 years, but the right-handed batsman “has a special feeling for this season and believes that the best is yet to come”.

“I believe the best is yet to come, and I have a special feeling about what is to come next season onwards”, he said in the video posted on RCB’s official Twitter handle after the announcement of the players retained by the franchise.

first published:Dec. 1, 2021, 12:42 p.m.

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