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How Virat Kohli's performance would be affected post captaincy step down? Agarkar and Parthiv comment

Virat Kohli remains in the headline for about to step down from leadership role for Team India and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. Meanwhile, Ajit Agarkar and Parthiv Patel analyse his post captaincy gameplay.

IPL 2021: How Virat Kohli's performance would be affected post captaincy? Ajit Agarkar, Parthiv Patel comment-ayh
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Mumbai, First Published Sep 21, 2021, 5:43 PM IST
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Virat Kohli has made headlines in the past week after announcing that he would be stepping down for the leadership duties of Team India in the Twenty20 Internationals post 2021 ICC World T20. A couple of days back, he also revealed that he would be discontinuing the role for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) after the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL).

Meanwhile, following his announcement, RCB played its first game of the resuming IPL 2021 second leg in the United Arab Emirates. Up against former champion Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Monday, RCB succumbed to an embarrassing nine-wicket defeat.

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IPL 2021: How Virat Kohli's performance would be affected post captaincy? Ajit Agarkar, Parthiv Patel comment-ayh

While many reckoned that stepping down from RCB captaincy might be leading to the lack of enthusiasm from Kohli, former Indian pacer Ajit Agarkar feels otherwise. "I think one of the things we've seen throughout his career, even when he wasn't the captain and when he played under MS Dhoni quite a bit, the energy and the passion still seemed the same. I can't imagine it changing just because he's not the captain and just being one of the guys," he told Star Sports.

Furthermore, former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman and Kohli's former RCB teammate Parthiv Patel feels that the former would be relieved with the decision. "He might be relieved because see moving around from one bubble to another can take a load on you, and he has spoken about the workload and intensity, which he plays with. I think every practice session, every match session or gym session, he does it with full intensity, and that's something I'm sure he must've thought about," he reckoned.

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