Bangalore, Feb 20: Virat Kohli has been appointed as the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 6). Kohli replaces New Zealand's Daniel Vettori.
RCB announced the appointment on Wednesday afternoon.
Kohli, in a media release from RCB, said, "Glad to be appointed Captain of RCB! 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 honour. 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."
Dr Vijay Mallya said, "We are delighted to announce Virat as our captain. His hunger to learn, lead, motivate and set an example is unquestionable."
Virat is the 11th highest run scorer in overall IPL history. 1639 runs, Av: 28.25, highest score 73* and a strike rate of 119.28. He has scored 8 fifties, hit 154 fours and 49 sixes. He is also the 3rd highest run scorer in Champions League T20 history.
Virat holds the 2nd highest, IPL 2nd wicket partnership record (204*) with Chris Gayle against KXIP in 2012. The same two players also hold the 2nd highest 2nd wicket partnership (141) in the Champions League T20.
Virat's other interesting statistics include (provided by RCB)
- His 28 catches, the 4th highest in IPL between 2008 and 2012
- His 10 catches is the most taken by any player and his batting Av: 38.54 is the 4th highest in the Champions League
- His 77 matches is the highest for RCB and 3rd most appearances by a player in the IPL
- He has saved the 2nd most runs in the field behind Kieran Pollard in the IPL between 2008 and 2012.