Dale Steyn, former South African pace spearhead, believes that Kohli’s young family and the pressure of leading an Indian Premier League team may have played a huge part in his decision to step down as the captain for RCB team after this year’s edition of the lucrative tournament in Dubai.
Later on Sunday, RCB announced that Kohli will step down as the captain of their team just after the phase two of IPL 2021 season. This big IPL announcement was made through a video posted by the franchise 3 days ago, following his recent comments about quitting India’s T20I captaincy in the World Cup next month due to personal reasons. Although, Virat Kohli will continue to still be a part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad.
“He’s been with RCB from the very beginning. I don’t know, as life goes on you start to prioritise things. He’s (Virat) got a young family right now and captaincy can weigh heavily on the brain, and your personal life can also heavily weigh on you,” Steyn said on ESPNcricinfo.
After retiring from all forms of cricket late last month, Steyn further added that, “Maybe, relinquishing a little bit of that responsibility (captaincy) and just being able to focus on his batting is a good decision at this time of his career.”
Steyn also said that nobody denied Kohli’s captaincy, adding that he was a fantastic player and his decisions should be respected.
“We don’t doubt his captaincy. He is a fantastic leader and his personal achievements speak for themselves. So it’s really up to him as to what he wants to do so. Maybe it’s a good decision as the (T20) World Cup is round the corner. We could see the best of Virat coming out in the remaining of the IPL (games) and the World Cup.”
Steyn also signaled that Virat Kohli‘s possible decision to not play IPL captaincy could have been a preemptive move, as he may face criticism if the team doesn’t perform well in the IPL matches.
“He may be trying to put out or extinguish some fires before they actually happen. Relinquishing the Indian captaincy, if he has 2-3 bad scores in the next couple of games in IPL, people might start questioning him whether he should give up the RCB captaincy. Before that comes into question, he may have decided ‘before we go down that road then you should say this is also part of my thinking’,” added Steyn.
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Steyn’s statement of commitment to RCB is a clear indication that he will be their IPL player for the foreseeable future.
He said, “Doesn’t matter how good a player you are, you could see yourself walking (it’s the franchise owner’s call). I mean I’ve seen Chris Gayle leave the team but he’s not an Indian legend. We have also seen David Beckham leave Man United after playing for an entire lifespan and go and play for other teams. Cristiano Ronaldo recently returned to Man United, so you don’t know…you have these famous people play for club teams for a long time. And, who knows Virat, who is originally from Delhi, might end up finishing with the Delhi franchise.
But it’s nice to know he has committed himself to the club (RCB) and wants to be there to see the IPL trophy come to them. He has given so many years of effort… I think that could be at the back of his mind, that he is not going to leave there until he wins an IPL trophy.”
Original Source: https://www.india.com/sports/dale-steyn-backs-virat-kohlis-decision-to-step-down-as-rcb-captain-after-ipl-2021-calls-him-a-fantastic-leader-4969089/