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Virat Kohli is set to step down as the captain of India’s T20I side after the World Cup

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The rumors were lurking around for a few days. It has finally been proven true. India is set to play the T20 World Cup 2021 in a few months time and who would have thought that this is going to be last T20 tournament for India where Virat Kohli would lead the side. Yes, the India skipper is all set to end his captaincy stint in the shortest format of the game right after the T20 World Cup 2021. Virat Kohli is set to step down as the captain of India’s T20I side after the World Cup. Kohli has played 90 T20Is for India, and captained them in 45 of those matches. He led the side to victory in 27 of them.

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The 32-year-old stated that he’d come to the decision after ”a lot of contemplation and discussions with my close people ” as well as the leadership group; including Ravi Shastri, the head coach, and Rohit Sharma, India’s limited-overs vice-captain. “Arriving at this decision took a lot of time “, Kohli said in his statement, released on social media.

Virat Kohli leaves T20 captaincy to focus more on batting
Virat Kohli leaves T20 captaincy to focus more on batting

Virat Kohli is set to step down as the captain of India’s T20I side after the World Cup, looks to focus more on batting :

“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 have decided to step down as the T20 captain after this T20 World Cup in Dubai in October. I have also spoken to the (BCCI) secretary Mr. Jay Shah and the president of the BCCI 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.”

– Indian skipper Virat Kohli

Kohli cited the ‘immense workload’ he has been managing for most of the last decade, as an all-format player and as captain, as the reason for his decision.

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“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 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. 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.”

– Virat Kohli added
Virat Kohli is set to step down as the captain of India's T20I side after the World Cup
Virat Kohli is set to step down as the captain of India’s T20I side after the World Cup

“The decision has been made keeping in mind the future roadmap” : Sourav Ganguly

The BCCI are as yet to announce Kohli’s successor as captain in the format. His decision comes a little over a week after the selection committee announced India’s squad for the World Cup. The move could mean Kohli would dedicate more time to his batting; following an extended purple patch spanning the majority of the last decade, 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 for his tremendous performance as the T20I Captain.  We wish him all the best for the upcoming World Cup and beyond. And we hope that he continues to score plenty of runs for India.”

Honorary Secretary, Mr Jay Shah said: “We 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. 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.”

Virat Kohli's twitter post on leaving captaincy
Virat Kohli’s twitter post on leaving captaincy | Twitter
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