Virat Kohli on Thursday announced that he will step down as India’s T20I captain after the T20 World Cup scheduled in the UAE in October-November. Kohli, however, will continue to lead India in the Test and One-Day cricket. Virat Kohli has led India in 45 T20I internationals since taking over from MS Dhoni in 2017. He has a winning percentage of 64.44 with 29 victories and 14 defeats.
The cricketer, known for his aggression on the field, said he took the decision after discussing it with coach Ravi Shastri and his team members, including vice captain Rohit Sharma. Virat Kohli also said that he has informed the BCCI about his decision.
On the reason behind the decision, Kohli cited “workload management”. The BCCI is yet to take a call on who will lead the team in the T20Is, but Rohit Sharma, with his enviable statistics in the short format of the game, is likely to be a natural choice to lead the team.
What Virat Kohli said
In a statement on social media, Virat Kohli said, “I have been fortunate enough to not only represent India but also lead the Indian cricket team to my utmost capability. I thank everyone who has supported me in my journey as the captain of the Indian cricket team. I couldn’t have done without them – the boys, the support staff, the selection committee, my coaches and each and every Indian who played for us to win.”
“Understanding workload is a very important thing and considering my immense workload over the last 8-9 years playing all 3 formats and captaining regularly for the last 5-6 years, I feel I need to give myself space to be fully ready to lead the Indian team in Test and ODI cricket. I have given everything to the team during my time as T20 captain and I will continue to do so for the T20 team as a batsman moving forward,” Kohli said.
He added, “I have decided to step down as the T20 captain after this T20 World Cup in Dubai in October. I have also spoken to secretary Mr Jay Shah and the president of the BCCI Mr Sourav Ganguly along with the selectors about the same. I will continue to serve Indian cricket and the Indian team to the best of my ability.
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