Kolkata Knight Riders dashed Virat Kohli’s hopes of winning an elusive Indian Premier League title as captain when they beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by four wickets in the playoffs on Monday.
Kolkata advanced to face Delhi Capitals on Wednesday, with the winner meeting three-time champion Chennai Super Kings in Friday’s final.
Kohli announced long ago he was stepping down as Bangalore skipper after this season, and top-scored with 39 in his team’s below-par total of 138-7.
“I have given my 120% to this franchise and will continue giving it as a player on the field,” Kohli said.
“It’s a great time to regroup and restructure the franchise for the next three years … for me, loyalty matters and my commitment is with this franchise till the last day I play IPL.”