December 2, 2021

Virat Kohli To Step Down As India’s T20 Captain After ICC T20 World Cup

Indian Cricket Team skipper Virat Kohli has decided to step down from T20 captaincy after the upcoming T20 world cup. In a significant turn of events, this modern-day greatest batsman took to social media to announce his decision which came as a surprise for many cricket fans. However, Virat will continue to lead the Indian team in ODI’s and Tests.

“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 it without them – the boys, the support staff, the selection committee, my coaches and each and every Indian who prayed for us to win.” – the 32-year-old-Kohli wrote his statement on his social media on Thursday.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of modern cricket, Kohli took over T20 captaincy in 2017 after MS Dhoni stepped down from his role. Leading the side in all three formats has put a tremendous workload on his shoulders, and Kohli wants to lighten his burden to strengthen the team in ODI and Tests.

“Understanding workload is an essential thing and considering my immense workload over the last 8-9 years playing all three formats and captaining regularly for 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.

Responding to Virat’s decision, the BCCI Secretary Jay Shah thanked Kohli for his contribution to Team India. “We have a clear road map for Team India. Considering the workloads and ensuring that we have a smooth transition, Mr Virat Kohli has decided to step down as T20I Captain after the upcoming world cup,” said Shah in a statement issued by the board.

Ahead of IPL and T20 World Cup, Virat Kohli’s decision to step down from the T20 captaincy will pave the way for Rohit Sharma to lead the Indian team in the shorter format of the game. Rohit Sharma has an excellent track for leading his IPL team Mumbai Indians for a record five-time victory.

The T20I world cup starts on October 17 in the UAE, and Kohli would love to clinch the trophy.