Virat Kohli decides to step down as T20I captain post T20 World Cup 2021

Indian captain Virat Kohli on Thursday announced that he will step down as the skipper of India’s T20I team after the T20 World Cup 2021. The 32-year-old however, will continue to lead the side in Tests and ODIs and will play as a batsman in T20 format.

There were reports in the media stating that Kohli will resign as the skipper of the white-ball team and Rohit will take over. But the BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal called the reports “rubbish” while Jay Shah said there won’t be any changes to the captaincy as long as the team is doing well.

Have decided to step down after discussions with Rohit Sharma and Ravi Shastri- Virat Kohli

But Kohli himself took to Twitter to mention that he is indeed resigning as the T20 skipper after the World Cup in UAE next month. In a heartfelt note, Kohli said in order to manage workload across formats, he took this decision.

Adding that he will lead India’s ODI & Test team, Kohli mentioned he discussed with coach Ravi Shastri and vice-captain Rohit Sharma before taking this decision to step down.

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 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,”

Of course, arriving at this decision took a lot of time. After a lot of contemplation and discussions with my close people, Ravi bhai and also Rohit, who have been an essential part of the leadership group, I’ve decided to step down as the T20 Captain after this T20 World Cup in Dubai in October,”

I have also spoken to the secretary Mr Jay Shah and the President of BCCI Mr Sourav Ganguly along with all the selectors about the same. I will continue to serve Indian Cricket and the Indian Team to the best of my ability,” Kohli added.

The ICC T20 World Cup 2021 will be Kohli’s last event as a captain of the Indian team. So he and India will hope that he breaks the country’s ICC trophy drought. This will be the first and last time that he captains the national team in a T20 World Cup.

He took over from MS Dhoni as the full-time captain across formats in 2017. Under his leadership, the team has won 27 games out of 45 in which he has led with a win % of 65. This includes series wins in all of the SENA countries and West Indies. India has also been a dominant team at home.

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