Virat Kohli to Step Down as Indian T20I Captain after T20 World Cup 2021

Virat Kohli has announce that he will step down as India’s T20I captain after the T20 World Cup. He wants to continue as Test and ODI captain. BCCI is yet to name a new captain as Rohit is likely to be the first choice.

Virat Kohli announce his decision on Twitter by saying he made it due to workload in mind as a three-format player and that he has spoken about it with BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, secretary Jay Shah, and the selectors.

Virat Kohli Said :

“A lot of contemplation and discussions with my close people including India head coach Ravi Shastri and the white-ball vice-captain Rohit Sharma, who has already led India in 19 T20Is when Kohli has been rest”.

“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,” Kohli said. “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.”

Virat Kohli had a talk with the selectors to finalise the India squad for the T20 World Cup.

Virat Kohli added :

“Of course, arriving at this decision took a lot of time,” Kohli said. “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.”

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said the decision was made keeping “the future roadmap” in mind.

Sourav Ganguly Said :

“Virat has been a true asset for Indian Cricket and has led with aplomb,” he said. :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 for his tremendous performance as the T20I Captain. We wish him all the best for the upcoming World Cup and beyond and hope that he continues to score plenty of runs for India.”

Jay Shah Said :

“I have been in discussions with Virat and the leadership group 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.”


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