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IPL 2021: Harshal Patel took 32 wickets under Virat Kohli's captaincy this season.

IPL 2021, RCB vs KKR: Virat Kohli failed to lead Royal Challengers Bangalore to their first league title in his final season as captain.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) may or may not have Virat Kohli as its captain, but pacer Harshal Patel said Kohli is “definitely a leader” regardless of whether or not he is leading the team. The IPL captaincy era of Virat Kohli ended on Monday when RCB lost the Eliminator by four wickets to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Kohli received praise and gratitude from Harshal Patel, RCB’s pacer, who praised him for his long service to the team. “Virat allows bowlers their personal space and allows you to carry out your strategies. I owe him a debt of gratitude. Since then, I’ve gained a lot of knowledge from playing with him. There are captains and then there are leaders in terms of his captaincy. He’s unquestionably an influential figure “in the post-match press conference Harshal said

“Even though he will no longer be referred to as a captain, that does not detract from his leadership abilities. I just wanted to say thanks for everything he’s done for the team and for my personal development, especially when I needed it “he went on to say.

Kohli announced his retirement as the team’s captain prior to the start of the UAE leg of the IPL 2021.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) was launched in 2008, and Kohli has been a member of the Royal Challengers franchise as a player since that time.

“We’re going to have a party to honor his contributions to the community. It would have been more enjoyable if we could have celebrated by holding a trophy. However, this was not to be. We will certainly celebrate his enormous contribution “opined Harshal.

RCB made it to the IPL finals in 2016 under Virat Kohli, and it was during that season that Kohli amassed the most runs as a batter in a single season.

Even though RCB struggled after that, the jinx was finally broken in 2020, when the team finally made it to the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

Kohli had 66 wins, 70 losses, and four no-results in 140 IPL games as captain.

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