IPL 2022: Virat Kohli shares memories on being picked by RCB
IPL 2022: India batter Virat Kohli has revealed that being picked by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) was a turning point in his life that he didn’t realise at the time.
Virat has been with RCB since 2008, and in 2013, he took over as full-time captain after Daniel Vettori retired. He announced that he will not be the team’s captain after the IPL in 2021.
“I was in Malaysia for the World Cup, and I remember the day when the drafts were happening. The Under-19 dynamic was a little different because we rightly had a huge pay gap. That was the only time there was cap on how much can a player be picked for if you have not played for India. Even that moment, for players like us, was so amazing because when they revealed the amount we got picked for, we are surprised and couldn’t believe it. Delhi team, who was initially interested in me later went for Pradeep Sangwan as their dynamic of the squad demanded for a left arm seamer and our best during the Under-19 campaign,” Virat said on a RCB podcast.
“So, since Delhi decided to strengthen their bowling department, RCB picked me and it was such an impactful moment in my life which I didn’t realise then, but when I look back, things would have been very different to what they are now. I would not have it any other way than this,” he added.
Meanwhile, Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell said that IPL has changed his life in an amazing way:
“IPL has changed my life in an amazing way. Some of the heroes. And the people I have admired throughout my career. I have got a chance to play for, against and playing under them. It has changed me as a cricketer and as a person,” said Maxwell.
“The people I have met and the things I have learned from the IPL has helped me grow. As a person who I am today. I owe it to the IPL a lot because I have learnt to adapt situations. And it helped me get better as a player,” he added.
Maxwell had previously played for the Delhi Daredevils (Delhi Capitals), Mumbai Indians, and Punjab Kings before being picked by RCB. With 513 runs in the IPL 2021, he became RCB’s leading run scorer.
RCB has retained Virat, Maxwell, and Mohammed Siraj ahead of the mega 2022 auction.