Bangalore: India’s star batsman Virat Kohli has replaced Daniel Vettori as the skipper for the Royal Challengers Bangalore for the forthcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), it was announced yesterday.
Vettori, former New Zealand skipper, had led Royal Challengers in the last two seasons of the IPL.
“We are delighted to announce Virat as our captain. His hunger to learn, lead, motivate and set an example is unquestionable,” team owner Vijay Mallya said in a statement.
Kohli has been playing with Royal Challengers right from the inaugural season in 2008 as an U-19 player and his elevation to the captaincy was only a matter of time.
“Glad to be appointed Captain of RCB!,” Kohli said.
“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.” IANS