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Virat Kohli appointed captain for Royal Challengers Bangalore in India Premier League

Virat Kohli: Will captain Bangalore throughout 2013 IPL campaign

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Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Virat Kohli has been appointed captain for the upcoming sixth edition of the India Premier League.

Kohli succeeds former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori, who took the lead throughout the last season.

Following Kohli's captaincy, RCB saw a successful IPL VI auction where they recruited seven players - including Australia all-rounder Dan Christian.

"We are delighted to announce Virat as our captain. His hunger to learn, lead, motivate and set an example is unquestionable," team owner Vijay Mallya told The Hindu Sport.

Kohli is the 11th highest run-scorer in overall IPL history with 1639 runs and a strike rate of 119.28.

He has scored eight half centuries and is also the third highest run scorer in Champions League T20 history.

"Glad to be appointed captain of RCB. 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," Kohli stated.