IPL desk in Mumbai 20 February 2013 - 01:15pm IST
Virat appointed RCB captain
The flamboyant Indian batsman to lead Bengaluru-based franchise
Virat Kohli has been appointed the new Royal Challengers Bangalore captain. Kohli succeeds the highly respected and successful Daniel Vettori.
Kohli’s appointment follows a productive IPL 2013 auction in which RCB strengthened their bowling line-up significantly and added capable all-rounders to increase the amount of flexibility in the selection of the playing squad
Dr Vijay Mallya said, “We are delighted to announce Virat as our captain. His hunger to learn, lead, motivate and set an example is unquestionable.”
Virat is the 11th highest run scorer in overall IPL history. 1639 runs, Av: 28.25, highest score 73* and a strike rate of 119.28. He has scored 8 fifties, hit 154 fours and 49 sixes. He is also the 3rd highest run scorer in Champions League T20 history.
Virat holds the 2nd highest, IPL 2nd wicket partnership record (204*) with Chris Gayle against KXIP in 2012. The same two players also hold the 2nd highest 2nd wicket partnership (141) in the Champions League T20.
Virat Kohli said, ‘Glad to be appointed Captain of RCB ! It’s a great feeling… Being drafted as an U-19 in 2008 and now to be considered to lead the side of great players, is a big honor. I thank the Owners for reposing their faith and I am looking forward to the challenge and the responsibility to carry the Team to greater heights.’