Virat Kohli has announced that he will step down as captain of the Indian Twenty20 team following the World Cup, which begins next month in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.
The right-handed batsman will continue to lead his Test and one-day international teams (ODI). Virat said in a statement posted on Social Media “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”.
He added, “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 going forward.”
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 16, 2021
After “a lot of thinking and discussions with my close folks, Ravi bhai and also Rohit,” the 32-year-old made the decision.
“I’ve also spoken to the BCCI secretary, Mr Jay Shah, and the BCCI President, Mr Sourav Ganguly, as well as all the selectors, about it. Virat continued, “I will continue to serve Indian Cricket and the Indian Team to the best of my ability.”
The BCCI had considered the possibility of Rohit Sharma becoming the Twenty20 and 50-over captain, according to Indian media reports.