Star batter Virat Kohli is happy and excited to pass on the baton to his ‘good friend’ Faf du Plessis after the former South Africa skipper was appointed as the new captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.
“We’ve been in touch for many years now and he’s one of the guys I’ve gotten to know a little bit more apart from cricket,” Kohli said.
RCB on Saturday announced Faf du Plessis as their new captain as the South African batter became their 7th skipper. It will be the first time Du Plessis will lead a team in the Twenty20 competition. Kohli had stepped down from the role after the end of IPL 2021, adding he wanted to take a breather from the responsibility. The former South Africa batter, who spent a decade with Chennai Super Kings, was bought by RCB for Rs 7 crore at the IPL 2022 mega auction.
“We get very along well, so I’m absolutely excited for him to lead RCB… and to play under him. The partnership with Faf is going to be exciting for RCB fans with (Glenn) Maxwell as well and the core group we retained,” Kohli added.
“The team looks balanced and pretty strong. I can’t wait to get started and to catch up with Faf and the rest of the boys. I’m really looking forward to this season. I’m excited.”
“Happy to pass on the baton to Faf! Excited to partner with him and play under him” – A message from @imVkohli for our new captain @faf1307. #PlayBold #RCBUnbox #UnboxTheBold #ForOur12thMan #IPL2022 pic.twitter.com/lHMClDAZox
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) March 12, 2022
Expressing his delight in being appointed as RCB captain, Faf du Plessis said, “The opportunity to be the captain of a franchise like RCB is massive and a role I was glad to accept. The work is just going to begin as we try to build off the success the team has enjoyed in previous years. I would like to thank RCB management and the coaching team for entrusting me with the role and I will do my best to ensure a successful season this time with the desired outcome.”
The entire 15th edition of the IPL will be played in a bio-secure environment in Mumbai and Pune, in the western state of Maharashtra, from March 26. The final is scheduled for May 29. Two new franchises — Lucknow and Ahmedabad — will also be part of the competition.