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Kohli remembers Vijay Mallya for giving him opportunity

April 12, 2016 07:17 IST

 I was chosen to play for RCB by Mr Mallya: Kohli

IMAGE: Royal Challengers Bangalore's captain Virat Kohli celebrates with former team owner Vijay Mallya. Photograph: PTI.

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli remembered ‘controversial’ former franchise director Vijay Mallya for picking him in the team and providing an opportunity to rub shoulders with the world's best players.

"My association with Royal Challengers Bangalore has been special as it has been exciting from the first season. I was chosen to play for Royal Challengers Bangalore by Mr Mallya. I have learnt so much and getting to play with the world's best players.

"I am welcomed here warmly, I love this franchise, the city, fans, deep connection," he told reporters on the eve of his team's face-off with Sunrisers Hyderabad at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru.

Mallya, who has defaulted in loans in excess of Rs 9000 crore, is facing probe by various investigative agencies. The 60-year-old bought Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2008 but the popular franchise has not been able to win a single Indian Premier League title in eight attempts.

Mallya had resigned from the post of Director of Royal Challengers Sports Private Limited (RCSPL) before anointing United Spirits Limited President and Chief Marketing Officer Amrit Thomas as the new chairman of Royal Challengers Bangalore.

On Mitchel Starc's absence, Kohli said the team would miss the Aussie pacer, but they have Shane Watson who is economical as he thinks like a batsman, and also Harshal Patel, Adam Milne to form a good bowling attack.

"We will miss Starc, but we got Watson, who is very economical in bowling. An all-rounder like him can think like a batsman and bowl accordingly. We also got Harshal Patel, Adam Milne who is clocking 150, and Stuart Binny. We have a wonderful mix but everyone has to play their roles and work to potential," he said.

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