The road for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) came to an end with a defeat in the eliminator of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) beat the Virat Kohli-led side by four wickets in the ultimate over of the game.
Batting first, the Challengers could only post a below-par total of 138/7 on the board at the end of their 20 overs. RCB batters faced many difficulties while facing the quality spin trio of Varun Chakravarthy, Sunil Narine, and Shakib Al Hasan. In reply, KKR somehow managed to chase down the target with decent scores from most of their batters.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli penned down an emotional message after the exit of his side in IPL 2021. He tweeted:
“Not the result we wanted but I am so proud of the character shown by the boys throughout the tournament. A disappointing end but we can hold our heads high. Thank you to all the fans, management & the support staff for your constant support @RCBTweets.”
“My commitment is with RCB till the last day I play IPL”
The 14th edition of the Indian T20 League also marked the last assignment for the 33-year-old as the skipper of the Bangalore-based franchise. However, Virat has assured that he will continue playing for this franchise as long as he plays in the IPL.
“I have given my 120% to this franchise and will continue giving it as a player on the field. It’s a great time to regroup and restructure the franchise for the next three years. I will definitely (play for RCB). For me, loyalty matters and my commitment is with this franchise till the last day I play IPL,” he said during the post-match presentation ceremony in Sharjah.