Kevin Pietersen urges Virat Kohli to leave RCB

Former England cricketer suggested that Indian star could join Delhi

By Web Desk
May 23, 2024
Pietersen stated that if the star batter decides to part ways with RCB, Delhi might be the next stop on his journey. - BCCI

Former England captain Kevin Pietersen on Wednesday stated that Virat Kohli should have won an Indian Premier League Trophy by now and that he eventually needs to leave the Royal Challengers Bengaluru to fulfill his ambition.

Pietersen expressed displeasure with Kohli’s lack of success in the IPL 2024, despite the fact that he led the RCB in runs scored and topped the batting chart with over 700 runs.

Pietersen made these remarks after RCB were eliminated in the Eliminator a t the hands of Rajasthan Royals in Ahmedabad on Wednesday, May 22, prolonging their 17-year run without a championship.

Moreover, superstars like Christiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane were mentioned by Pietersen, who claimed that all left their previous teams in search of greater success and a better future.

Pietersen stated that if the star batter decides to part ways with RCB, Delhi might be the next stop on his journey.

"I have said it before and I will say it again -- the greats of the game in other sports, have left teams to go and seek glory somewhere else. When he has tried and tried so hard -- won the Orange Cap yet again and done so much yet again and the franchise fails again I understand for the brand of the team and the commercial value he brings to the team... But Virat Kohli deserves a trophy. He deserves to play in a team that could help him to get that trophy," Pietersen told Star Sports.

"I actually think it should be Delhi. Delhi is the place where Virat needs to go. Virat can go away, and stay at home most of the time, I know he has a home in Delhi. He has a young family. He can spend more time there. He is a Delhi boy. Why can't he go back? Delhi is as desperate as Bengaluru.

"I think it's about time Virat thought long and hard. Beckham left, Ronaldo left, Messi left, Harry Kane just left Spurs and went to Bayern Munich," he added.

Kohli scored 741 runs in 15 matches, including a century and five fifties.

Yet in the playoffs, RCB were unable to complete the task at hand. After being in the top four during the league stage, RCB has missed the final four times in the previous five seasons.

Despite all the speculation about his future with Bengaluru, Kohli has consistently stated that he intended to end his career there. Kohli has talked a lot about loyalty and shown his gratitude to RCB for their belief in him since IPL’s first season. The 35-year-old is the only player to have participated in all 17 editions of the IPL while playing for the same squad.