Virat Kohli to quit T20I captaincy post T20 World Cup
Virat Kohli has been leading the Indian side since 2015. Post MS Dhoni’s retirement from the longest format of the game, Kohli took over the reins from Dhoni as now India’s most successful Test captain. However, it was only in 2017 when he was hand over the limited-overs captaincy. Thus, Kohli started leading in all three formats of the game in 2017. His captaincy in the shortest format of the game has been one of the most talked-about subjects. If one would take a look at his T20I captaincy, it seems excellent to say the least. Virat Kohli to quit T20I captaincy post T20 World Cup. However, India’s superstar in a statement has revealed that he will be quitting the T20I captaincy post the T20 World Cup which is all set to commence next month.
Virat Kohli on Thursday announced that he will quit India’s T20 captaincy after the T20 World Cup in UAE but will continue to lead the side in Tests and ODI. “I’ve decided to step down as the T20 captain after this T20 World Cup in Dubai in October,” said Kohli in a statement posted on his Twitter page. The TOI had reported something on the same lines a few days earlier. However, they were merely termed as speculations back then as it wasn’t official.
“Understanding workload is a very important thing. Considering my immense workload over the last 8-9 years playing all three formats and captaining regularly for the 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,” was what Kohli said in the same statement on his Twitter handle. This news took the internet by storm and a lot of people commented on the same instantly.
“I have given my everything to the Team during my time as T20 captain. I will continue to do so for the T20 team as a batsman moving forward,” he further added. According to Kohli’s statement, this decision was taken after having a few words with the coach Ravi Shastri. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, and secretary Jay Shah as well as the vice-captain of the limited-overs side Rohit Sharma.
Virat Kohli has captained the Indian team in as many as 45 matches. Winning 27 and losing 14 while two matches have ended in no results and two have been tied. That makes Kohli India’s second most successful T20 captain in terms of wins. Only Dhoni leads the tally with 41 wins in 72 matches. Overall, Kohli is eighth on the list of captains with most matches in T20Is.