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‘Happy to pass on the baton’: RCB share special message from Virat Kohli for Faf du Plessis – Watch

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: Former captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Virat Kohli, left a special message for newly-announced captain of the franchise, Faf du Plessis, as he passed on the baton ahead of the impending 15th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Faf was named as the new skipper on Saturday, March 12, during the RCB Unbox ceremony in Bengaluru.

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Moments after the announcement, RCB shared a video of Kohli’s special message for Du Plessis, who is looking forward to the new season and the new partnership with the veteran cricketer.

“Few updates for you guys. Our season is going to start pretty soon something which I am excited for. As I said, renewed energy, really looking forward to this season. But the more important news, Faf is going to be our new captain. And I couldn’t be more happier to pass on the baton to a good friend, whom I’ve known very well over the years. We have been in touch for many years now and he is one of the few guys whom I’ve got to know outside of cricket.” he said.

“So absolutely excited for him to lead RCB, and to play under him. The partnership with Faf is going to be exciting for RCB fans along with Maxi. The squad we put together is pretty amazing, balanced and strong.”

Du Plessis, who was roped in for INR 7 crore during the mega auction last month, was the frontrunner for the role amid competition from veteran Indian wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik and Australia’s Glenn Maxwell.

He will now become the franchise’s seventh captain in IPL history after Rahul Dravid, Kevin Pietersen, Anil Kumble, Daniel Vettori, Kohli and Shane Watson.

Kohli had earlier relinquished the position at the end of IPL 2021. he had led RCB in 140 matches, with the team winning 64 games and losing 69 matches. RCB will begin their IPL 2022 campiagn on March 27 against Punjab Kings at the DY Patil stadium in Mumbai.

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