Virat Kohli has given Royal Challengers Bangalore a profile that very few cricketers can give, although he has not been able to complete his leadership role, while Sunil Gavaskar feels.
Kohli’s dream of winning the IPL title with RCB came on the back of a four-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in the eliminator on Monday.
Gavaskar said that not all the scripts were written the way the players wanted. Kohli announces resignation as RCB captain after the end of the 14th edition of the lucrative league.
“He gave that kind of profile to RCB, and very few cricketers gave that brand recognition to their franchise,” Gavaskar told Star Sports.
Former India captain Kohli has compared the last match to the farewell of Donald Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar as RCB captains.
“Everyone wants to finish at the highest level. But these things never happen as you or the fans wish. Look what happened to Sir Dan Bradman. He only needed four runs in his last innings and he was out for zero.
“Sachin Tendulkar wanted to finish with a hundred. He scored 79 (Tendulkar 74) in Mumbai, which was his 200th Test match. Said.
Gavaskar shared his thoughts on Kohli’s failure to lift the IPL trophy, noting that Kohli had a lasting impact on the team and the 2016 season when he was close to 1000 runs in a single season.
“The script is not always written that way. Not everyone has the great fortune to go to the highest level. But can he ever dispute what he did for RCB?
“There was a year when he scored 973 runs, 27 runs less than 1000 runs. No one did, no one seems to have scored 1000 runs.
Since taking over as RCB captain in 2013, Kohli has led the team to the play-offs four times, including the last two seasons and the final in 2016.
Kohli led the RCB in 140 matches, winning 66 and losing 70. Four games gave no results.