indian batting master Virat Kohli has revealed that he has been approached “several times” in the past by some IPL franchises to participate in the auction, but he preferred to stay with Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The former India captain, who stepped down as RCB captain at the end of last season after eight years in the role, is the only cricketer to have played for a franchise since the league’s inaugural edition in 2008.
“I have also been contacted several times, to participate in the auction in some way, I have thought about it,” Kohli told the RCB podcast.
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“At the end of the day, a person lives a certain number of years, and then you die and life goes on. There have been many great players who have won trophies and things like that but nobody talks to you like that.
“If you’re a good person, people like you and if you’re a bad guy, they stay away from you. Eventually, that’s what life is all about.”
Kohli, 33, has played countless match-winning shots for RCB, which has always featured star-studded line-ups, but still could never win the IPL.
“Loyalty with RCB, like the way I go about my life, is much bigger than five people saying I finally won the IPL with XYZ. You feel good for five minutes and then by the sixth minute you might feel miserable with some other problem in life.
“What this franchise has given me in the first three years, and believed in me, is the most special thing. There were many teams that had the opportunity. They didn’t back me up and they didn’t believe in me.”
Speaking about his time as franchise captain, Kohli said that losing the IPL final in 2016 still hurts.
Chasing 209, RCB had run 114 with no loss at the halfway point before losing its way and falling eight races short, ending its incredible season on a sad note.
“That game, I felt like it was written. What could the finals be like in Bangalore, and we play that kind of season, and we play that kind of game where we are 100 without losing in nine overs?
“Even KL (Rahul), to this day, if there is a featured package running, he takes a screenshot and says it still hurts. He does. You had these downcast faces sitting in that amazing victory setup that we had done for the post-victory celebration. That’s a game where I feel like it hurts.”
The star batsman added: “I’m disappointed. We had opportunities where we were close. At the end of the day, I’m not going to call it luck.
“The opposition is also there to play and if they are better on the day, we have to accept that we have not been as brave or as clear in our plans as we should have been in those critical moments.
“You could say the odds were against us, the only expectation was that we would win, but you have to deal with that. You can’t run from it.”