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Kohli: Can never think of leaving RCB till I am playing

Kohli said to his star teammate and South Africa batting great AB de Villiers during an Instagram live chat

He is yet to win an Indian Premier League (IPL) title but Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli on Friday asserted that he is never going to leave the franchise and will keep attempting to break the duck.

RCB one of only three yet to get their hands on the coveted trophy — have made it to three finals, but have returned with the runners-up medal on each occasion. Kohli said to his star teammate and South Africa batting great AB de Villiers during an Instagram live chat

Echoing the Indian captain, de Villiers said smiling: “I know I have to score runs, but I also don’t want to leave RCB. You think of relationships when you look back. You don’t think of a knock…you think about special moments and those are things you never want to give away,” said the 36-year old regarded as one of the most destructive cricketers of all time.

de Villiers said he cannot wait for the IPL, which has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and is working very hard at the gym.

“I can’t wait for the IPL this year. I have been working incredibly hard at the gym.”

Kohli and de Villiers also spoke about the 2016 season where RCB reached the final only to lose to Sunrisers Hyderabad. Kohli top-scored that season with a whopping 973 runs while de Villiers amassed 687 to finish as the third highest run-getter.

“It was pure magic. The camaraderie and friendship too in that team. All of them,” Kohli added.

Meanwhile, A combined South Africa and India ODI team picked by Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers would be led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the star pair said on Friday.

India skipper Kohli and ace South Africa batsman de Villiers were live on Instagram. The star RCB pair spoke on a range of topics and at the end of the chat decided to make an ODI team comprising South African and Indian players.

It included Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ab de Villiers, Jacques Kallis, MS Dhoni (captain), Yuvraj Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Dale Steyn, Jasprit Bumrah and Kagiso Rabada.

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