‘Impactful moment in my life’: Virat Kohli shares memories from the day he was first picked by RCB | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India batter Virat Kohli has said that being picked by Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) was an impactful moment in his life, which he didn’t realise back then.
Virat has been a part of RCB since 2008 and became a full-time captain in 2013, after replacing Daniel Vettori. He announced that he will not be the captain of the team after IPL 2021.
“I was in Malaysia for the (U-19) World Cup, and I remember the day when the drafts were happening. The Under-19 dynamic was a little different because we rightly had a huge pay gap. That was the only time there was cap on how much can a player be picked for if you have not played for India. Even that moment, for players like us, was so amazing because when they revealed the amount we got picked for, we are surprised and couldn’t believe it,” Kohli said on an RCB podcast.
“Delhi team, which was initially interested in me, later went for Pradeep Sangwan, as their dynamic of the squad demanded for a left-arm seamer and our best during the under-19 campaign.
“So since Delhi decided to strengthen their bowling department, RCB picked me and it was such an impactful moment in my life, which I didn’t realise then. But when I look back, things would have been very different to what they are now. I would not have it any other way than this,” he added.

Meanwhile, Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell said that IPL has changed his life in an amazing way.
“IPL has changed my life in an amazing way. Some of the heroes and the people I have admired throughout my career, I have got a chance to play for, against and playing under them, it has changed me as a cricketer and as a person,” said Maxwell.
“The people I have met and the things I have learned from the IPL has helped me grow as a person who I am today. I owe it to the IPL a lot because I have learnt to adapt to situations and it helped me get better as a player,” he added.
Before being picked by RCB, Maxwell had been a part of Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals), Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings. In the 2021 edition of the IPL, he became RCB’s highest run-scorer with 513 runs.
Speaking about ‘The RCB Podcast’, Rajesh Menon, Vice-President and Head, Royal Challengers Bangalore said, “RCB have pioneered content in the country and the launch of the ‘The RCB Podcast’ is a step in that direction to further bridge the gap between our players and the RCB Universe. This podcast has been benchmarked alongside the best and successful podcasts in the world. We have created unique strategies through our digital channels that have earned us many plaudits. RCB was the most engaged IPL team on social media in 2021 and among the Top 10 most popular global sporting teams on social media last year. We hope to continue creating such engaging content that our fans can engage and ensure to stay connected with the team even during the off-season.”
RCB has retained Virat, Maxwell and Mohammed Siraj ahead of the mega 2022 auction.

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