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‘Not The End We Wanted’ Kohli, De Villiers’ Tears Turn Even Die-Hard KKR Fans Emotional

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As Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) failed to make it past the Eliminator for the second consecutive season, this time losing to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by four wickets, was the end of an era for the Bengaluru-based franchise.

Their talisman Virat Kohli had already announced at the start of the second leg that he would not be leading the franchise beyond this season. It was not the end that he wanted but under his leadership, the franchise became one of the teams to beat year after year.

What a journey this has been! #VIVOIPL | #RCBvKKR | #Eliminator pic.twitter.com/jYU3eydci2

— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) October 11, 2021

For the past nine seasons, Kohli had led the franchise with great aplomb, shattering all kinds of personal milestones along the way. 

After the match, Kohli became very emotional as he addressed his teammates for one last time as the leader of the group. 

His close friend AB de Villiers, who was standing next to him, couldn’t control his tears as well.

It’s really Shatters ur heart to see this moment….No matter whichever team u support but a true Crick fan will always knw that these 2 legends gave @RCBTweets more than what it deserved over the years….#RCBvsKKR #Rcb #viratkholi #ABDevilliers pic.twitter.com/iaPf7rFtqz

— Kalyan Raghavendra Aithal (@AithalKalyan) October 11, 2021

The video that has gone viral shows Kohli standing surrounded by his teammates in a team huddle and wiping his tears and taking deep breaths to control his emotion.  

De Villiers, who has been an important part of the franchise for so many years, stood still as tears flew down his cheek. 

E video custu chala yedpu ochesindhi …..
Hurting more than a break up

Virat pic.twitter.com/Ri4dxPbeLt

— Priyanka Reddy Dhfm (@rowdypriyadhfm3) October 11, 2021

Shattering to see Virat lose. End of Virat Kohli the skipper in the #IPL. Not just the right way.
Just can’t take it. Looks like he was in tears as well. This hurts. Aahh. An IPL trophy which isn’t meant to be.. #RCBvsKKR #IPL2021.

— Anurag Mallick (@anuragmallick51) October 11, 2021 

Reflecting on his journey as the leader of RCB, Kohli said that he tried to create a culture where youngsters could come in and express themselves without any fear. 

He also emphasised that he always gave his 120% as a player and as a skipper.

I’ve given my 120% to this franchise leading the team & will continue to do so as a player. @imVkohli reflects on his journey as @RCBTweets captain. #VIVOIPL | #Eliminator | #RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/XkIXfYZMAj

— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) October 11, 2021

“I have tried my best to create a culture here where youngsters could come in and play expressive cricket, play with belief. It is something I have done with India as well. I have given my best. I don’t know how the response has been, but I have given 120% to this franchise every year leading the team, which is something I will now do as a player. It is a great time to regroup and restructure for the next three years with people who will take this ahead,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.

© Twitter/IPL

He also made it clear that for him, loyalty is above everything and he doesn’t see himself playing for any franchise other than RCB and wished to remain a one-club man till his retirement.

“Yes, definitely, I don’t see myself playing anywhere else. Loyalty matters more to me than worldly pleasures. I would be in the RCB till the last day I play in the IPL,” said the outgoing skipper.

Watching their skipper get emotional like that brought tears to the eyes of every RCB supporter. The fans had hoped to see Kohli go all the way and end his tenure with a trophy but it wasn’t meant to be. 

Not just RCB fans, the visuals of Kohli and ABD in tears turned even the die-hard KKR supporters emotional.

Dear Virat Kohli,
Hands shivering, tears in eyes, but still here to tell you something.
When you announced that you’re leaving RCB’s captaincy, being an RCB fan my heart came out.
We didn’t even know which match will be your last as our captain, and that dark night is today. pic.twitter.com/bwrmTiy6FR

— Pragya Roy (@pragyaroyy) October 11, 2021

Really sad to see Kohli and ABD in tears. Wish they had gone all the way and won the trophy this time. More than the loss it’s painful to see such negativity in social media, inhumane! #RCB

— Kumar (@KumaReloaded) October 11, 2021

Am I the only one seeing Virat Kohli holding back tears/about to have a terrible breakdown when in private?

I support KKR but it breaks my heart to see him like this, knowing all that he has gone through.

— Rangan Majumdar (@ranganmajumdarr) October 11, 2021

Watching Virat and ABD in tears made me cry He is the run machine KOHLI…
Trolling at a moderate level makes sense but don’t troll someone that much so he forgets about his strength and starts feeling weak..#RCB pic.twitter.com/1RtPH5EZmF

— The Nationalist Girl (@sanatani_girl) October 12, 2021

#kohli not trophies,but hearts. It’s the end of captaincy but not the legacy. Well played. The journey of your captaincy of RCB has been an emotion to all your fans. Signing off with few tears and lots of respect. Keep it up hero @imVkohli @IPL @AnushkaSharma @RCBTweets https://t.co/XlC41GKfQd

— mohammed ismail (@ISMAILHUSTLER) October 11, 2021 

© Twitter/IPL

Kohli might not have any trophies to show for his efforts at RCB but his passion and commitment for the franchise was unparalleled.  

Every year he entered the competition with the sole aim of winning the elusive IPL trophy but not every journey is meant to have a happy ending and so was Kohli’s stint as the leader of RCB. 

Instead of looking at it as a disappointing end, let’s hope now that he has relinquished captaincy, Kohli bats with even greater freedom and dominates bowlers for many more years to come in the IPL.

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