The all-format captain of the Indian national side announced on Thursday that he will step down as the Indian T20I captain after the upcoming T20 World Cup ends. Virat Kohli, a batsman loved all around the world has played 90 T20Is for his national team. Out of the 90, he has captained the Indian side in 45 matches and has won 27 matches.
The 32-year-old added in a statement on how he took the decision after consulting with his close friends and colleagues, Ravi Shastri and Rohit Sharma. Kohli attributed his decision to the “immense workload” he has encountered for the last one decade or so as an all-format player and captain.
In a statement released by Virat Kohli, he adds “Understanding workload is a very important thing and considering my immense workload over the last 8-9 years playing all three formats and captaining regularly for last five to six years, I feel I need to give myself space to be fully ready to lead the Indian team in Test and ODI cricket,” read the statement. The statement further quoted Kohli as saying “I have given my everything to the Team during my time as T20 captain and I will continue to do so for the T20 captain and will continue to do so for the T20 team as a batsman moving forward.” “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,” added Kohli.
The President of the BCCI, Sourav Ganguly said that Kohli has and is an asset for Indian Cricket. “He has led with aplomb. He is one of the most successful captains in all 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,” said Ganguly.
The BCCI is yet to announce the next captain of the Indian T20I. Many expect the decision to come after the World Cup concludes in the UAE. The World Cup is set to start on October 17th with the first match against Pakistan, which is one of the biggest matches of the tournament. One could only imagine how the decision from Kohli will affect team morale.