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Virat Kohli will step down as Royal Challengers Bangalore captain at the end of the IPL 2021 season.

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The news was made public on Sunday evening, while the Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians game in Dubai was in progress,

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by the franchise, and came three days after Kohli had announced that he would be giving up the captaincy of India's T20I team at the end of the World Cup in October-November.

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Kohli, who will turn 33 during the World Cup, became the regular captain at Royal Challengers in 2013;

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he has been a part of the franchise as a player since the inception of the IPL in 2008.

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His 132 matches as captain in the IPL is only behind MS Dhoni's record of 196,

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and while he has never won the tournament, his best season as a batter was in 2016

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when he not only grabbed the orange cap for the most runs but also helped the team reach the final, where they lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad.

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That was the solitary final for Royal Challengers under Kohli, but they did make the playoffs in 2015 and 2020 too.

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The decision was announced  on the eve of Royal Challengers' first match in the second leg of IPL 2021

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