Kohli is a leader with tall contributions: Harshal

Virat Kohli's tenure as captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore may have ended without an IPL triumph but the franchise will nonetheless 'celebrate' his contributions over the years, said the team's pacer Harshal Patel. Harshal though did not specify how exactly the team plans to celebrate Kohli's contributions.

He stressed that Kohli, who has decided to step down as India T20 captain after the upcoming World Cup and RCB skipper post the ongoing IPL, remains a 'leader'. 'In terms of his captaincy, there are captains and there are leaders, he is definitely a leader.

Just because he won't have the captaincy tag, it doesn't make him any less of a leader,' Harshal said after RCB's defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders in the eliminator on Monday. 'So, I just want to thank him for whatever he has contributed to this team and to my growth,' he said, adding the skipper always supported him whenever he was 'down'.