IPL 2021: Gavaskar compares Kohli's last match as captain to Bradman's farewell
Since taking over as RCB’s captain in 2013, Kohli led the team to the playoffs four times, including the last two seasons, and the final in 2016
Virat Kohli has given Royal Challengers Bangalore the kind of profile that very few cricketers can give even though he couldn’t end his leadership stint on a high, feels the legendary Sunil Gavaskar.
Kohli’s dream of winning an IPL title with RCB ended in heartbreak after Kolkata Knight Riders beat them by four wickets in the eliminator on Monday.
You’re the epitome and embodiment of what it means to have the #ChallengerSpirit.— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) October 12, 2021
Thank you for leading us and showing us the true meaning of #PlayBold. @imVkohli#WeAreChallengers #IPL2021 #ViratKohli #ThankYouCaptainKohli pic.twitter.com/mbQUvNlCy2
Gavaskar said not all scripts are written in the manner players want them to.
“He has given RCB that kind of profile, that brand recognition that very (few) cricketers have given to their franchise,” Gavaskar told Star Sports.
The former India captain compared Kohli’s last match as RCB skipper to Donald Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar farewells.
"I have tried my best to create a culture where youngsters could come in & play with freedom & belief.I have given 120% to RCB every time, which is something I will now do as a player.”— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) October 11, 2021
You have been an inspiration, role model and the torchbearer of RCB. #ThankYouCaptainKohli pic.twitter.com/tlC0uMH2iW
“Everybody wants to finish on a high. But these things never always happen according to your or fans’ wishes. Look at what happened to Sir Don Bradman. Just four runs were needed in his last innings (to end his Test career with a batting average of 100) and he got out for a zero,” he said. “Sachin Tendulkar would have wanted to finish with a hundred, he got 79 (Tendulkar scored 74) in Mumbai, his 200th Test match,” Gavaskar added.
A HUGE THANK YOU to this entire family that put in countless hours of hard work and dedication in the RCB bio bubble and showed us what it is to #PlayBold.#PlayBold #WeAreChallengers #IPL2021 pic.twitter.com/xeDTjnxJ4x— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) October 12, 2021
Since taking over as RCB’s captain in 2013, Kohli led the team to the playoffs four times, including the last two seasons, and the final in 2016.
Kohli led RCB in 140 matches, winning 66 and losing 70. — PTI
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