RCB has yet to accept Virat Kohli’s resignation as captain in writing

According to reports, the Royal Challengers Bangalore have not yet accepted Virat Kohli’s resignation as captain. Kohli, 33, announced his decision to resign as the franchise’s skipper during the second leg of the 2021 season, after leading the team since 2013 and being a part of the franchise from the league’s beginning in 2008.

While the position left empty by Kohli’s departure has been left vacant, it appears as though the RCB management has not yet officially acknowledged his resignation. That is not to say Kohli will never be considered a captain again. On March 12, the RCB will choose its captain. Meanwhile, Kohli was one of three players retained by the club, along with Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell and bowler Mohammed Siraj, ahead of the IPL 2022 big auction that concluded last month.

Kohli’s retention seemed a foregone conclusion given his long affiliation with the organization since he has indisputably been the franchise’s face throughout the IPL’s history, despite his inability to lead the team to a title. Meanwhile, Kohli stated unequivocally that he intends to remain with the team despite relinquishing leadership responsibilities, claiming that “I can’t imagine playing with any other team than RCB.”

South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis is largely expected to take over as captain following his acquisition by the franchise for INR 7 crore at the super auction. RCB will open their 2022 campaign against Punjab on March 27 at Mumbai’s DY Patil Stadium, with Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Punjab Kings, and Gujarat Titans.