Thursday, on 16th September, Team India captain Virat Kohli stated that he’d step down as skipper of the side in T20Is after ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.
The 32-year-old stated that he’d come to the decision after lot of contemplation and discussions with his close people and leadership group, including Ravi Shastri head coach, and Rohit Sharma, vice-captain India Cricket Team.
Kohli said in his statement, released on social media. “Arriving at this decision took a lot of time.”
He also added that “After a lot of contemplation and discussions with my close people, Ravi bhai & Rohit bahi, who have been an essential part of the leadership group, I decided to step down as the T20 captain after this T20 World Cup which held in Dubai.”
“I have also spoken to Mr. Jay Shah BCCI secretary and Sourav Ganguly president BCCI 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 cited the “immense workload” he has been managing for most of the last decade, as captain, as the reason for his decision.
“Understanding workload is a very important thing and considering my immense workload over the last 8-9 years playing all 3 formats.
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,” Kohli said.
“I have given everything to the team in my time as T20 captain, and will continue to do so for the T20 team as a batsman moving forward.”
His decision comes a little over a week after the selection committee announced India’s squad for the World Cup. The BCCI also announced Kohli’s successor as captain in the format.
Virat Kohli T20Is Record –
Till now Kohli has played 90 T20Is matches for India. Captained them in 45 of those matches, leading the side to victory in 27 of them.
Kohli want dedicate time to his batting – As Kohli has struggled since the pandemic-enforced break early in 2020.
His last international century came in November 2019, in a pink-ball Test in Kolkata against Bangladesh.
BCCI President, Mr Sourav Ganguly said: “Virat has been a true asset for Indian Cricket and has led with aplomb. He is one of the most successful captains in all the formats.
The decision has been made keeping in mind the future roadmap. We thank Virat Kholi for his great performances as the T20I Captain and T20 player.
We wish him all the best for upcoming T20 World Cup and beyond and hope that he continues to score plenty of runs for India.”
Honorary Secretary, Mr Jay Shah said: “We already have a clear roadmap for Team India.
Considering the workloads and ensuring that we have smooth transition, Mr Virat Kohli has decided to step down as T20I Captain after the upcoming World Cup.
I have been in discussions with Virat and the leadership team for the last six months and the decision has been thought through.
Virat will continue to contribute as a player and as a senior member of the side in shaping the future course of Indian cricket.