On Thursday, Virat Kohli has announced that he would be stepping down as India’s T20I captain after the T20 World Cup in UAE. The tournament is scheduled to play from October 17th to November 14th. Virat Kohli will continue to be captain in ODIs and Tests. In his social media, Virat Kohli has written in a statement,
“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.
“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 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.”
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Virat Kohli is one of the successful captains of Team India. However, with no ICC trophy to his name till now, it is increasing pressure on him. He has played some memorable innings in his career. However, his batting form is also dipped since the last couple of years. With Virat Kohli stepping down, who should be the captain of Team India in T20Is? What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments below.