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Posted on Feb 20, 07:20PM | IBNS
Bangalore, Feb 20 : Industrialist Vijay Mallya's Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Wednesday appointed Indian cricketer Virat Kohli as its captain for the upcoming sixth edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL).
"Virat Kohli has been appointed the new RCB captain. Kohli succeeds the highly respected and successful former RCB captain Daniel Vettori," RCB website said.
"Kohli's appointment follows a productive IPL 6 auction in which RCB strengthened their bowling line-up significantly and added capable all-rounders to increase the amount of flexibility in the selection of the playing squad," it said.
RCB owner Mallya said: "We are delighted to announce Virat as our captain. His hunger to learn, lead, motivate and set an example is unquestionable."
Kohli, who scored 1639 runs at an average of 28.25, is the 11th highest run scorer in overall IPL history.
Kohli said, "Glad to be appointed Captain of RCB ! It's a great feeling... Being drafted as an U-19 in 2008 and now to be considered to lead the side of great players, is a big honor.. I thank the owners for reposing their faith and I am looking forward to the challenge and the responsibility to carry the team to greater heights."