Virat Kohli reveals he’s been approached to come into the IPL Auction
Indian batting maestro Virat Kohli has revealed that he was “approached a few times” in the past by a few IPL franchises to put himself up for auction, but he preferred to stay at Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Since the league’s inaugral edition in 2008, the former India captain, who stepped down as RCB captain at the end of last season after eight years in charge, is the only cricketer to have played for only one franchise.
“I’ve approached a few times as well — to come into the auction somehow — I have thought about it,” Kohli told the RCB podcast.
“At the end of the day, a person lives a certain number of years, and then you die and life moves on. There have been many great players who have won trophies and things like that but no one addresses you like that.
“If you are a good person, people like you and if you are a bad guy, they stay away from you. Eventually, that’s what life is all about.”
The 33-year-old Kohli has scored countless match-winning runs for RCB, who have always boasted star-studded lineups but have never won the IPL.
“The loyalty with RCB, like how I follow my life, is far greater than five people saying you’ve finally won the IPL with XYZ. You feel good for five minutes. Then the sixth minute you could be miserable with some other issue in life.
“What this franchise has given to me in the first three years, and believed in me, is the most special thing. There were many teams who had the opportunity. They didn’t back me and they didn’t believe in me.”
Kohli admitted losing the IPL final in 2016 still bothers him when asked about his time as the franchise’s captain.
RCB had raced to 114 for no loss at the half-way stage. While chasing 209 before losing their way and falling eight runs short. With bringing to an end their incredible season on a sad note.
“That game, I felt like it was written. How could the finals be in Bangalore, and we played that kind of season. And we play that kind of a game where we are 100 for no loss in nine overs.
“Even KL (Rahul), to this day, if there’s a highlight package running. He takes a screenshot and says it still hurts. It does. You had these dejected faces sitting in that amazing victory setup that we had done for the post-victory celebration. That is one game where I feel like it hurts.”
“It disappoints me. We had opportunities where we came close. At the end of the day, I am not going to call it luck,” the star batter added.
“The opposition is there to play as well and if they are better on the day. You have to accept it that we haven’t been as courageous. Or as clear in our plans as we should have been in those crunch moments.
“You could say that the odds stacked against us. The only expectation was for us to win – but you have to deal with those. You can’t run away from that.”