Virat Kohli shocks India by revealing he will STEP DOWN as Twenty20 captain after the upcoming World Cup in Dubai – but he will continue as a batsman and remains in charge of ODI and Test teams
- Virat Kohli announced today that he will step down as India’s Twenty20 captain
- The 32-year-old star batsman emphasised the need to manage his workload
- Kohli has been in charge of the T20 side since 2017, winning 27 out of 45 games
- He will continue to play for the side and will still skipper the ODI and Test teams
Virat Kohli has announced he will be stepping down as India’s Twenty20 captain after the T20 World Cup which starts next month.
The India star did however state he will continue to be available as a batsman and will continue his roles as captain of the Test and ODI teams, as he referred to needing to manage his workload.
The 32-year-old said on Twitter: ‘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.
Virat Kohli will step down as India’s Twenty20 captain after the T20 World Cup next month
The country’s star cricketer will still be available in the shorter-format as a batsman
‘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.
‘Of course, arriving at this decision took a lot of time. 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.
‘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.’
Kohli has been in charge of the T20 side since 2017, winning 27 and losing 14 of his 45 matches in charge – with two tied and two no-results.
Kohli was a star performer with the bat for India in the T20 World Cup back in 2016
The 32-year-old will continue as the captain of both the ODI side and the Test (pic) team
The T20 World Cup next month in Dubai will be Kohli’s only opportunity to captain the side at an ICC tournament in the shortest international format.
He starred in the side who played in the 2016 T20 World Cup in India, which lost to eventual champions the West Indies in the semi-finals.
Earlier in his statement, Kohli paid tribute to his team-mates and everyone involved with Indian cricket: ‘I have been fortunate enough to not only represent India but also lead the Indian Cricket Team to my utmost capability.
‘I thank everyone who has supported me in my journey as the Captain of the Indian Cricket Team. I couldn’t have done it without them – the boys, the support staff, the selection committee, my coaches and each and every Indian who prayed for us to win.’
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