Virat Kohli annouces decision to step down as India captain after T20 World Cup

Virat Kohli has announced that he will step down as India 's T20 captain after the upcoming T20 World Cup, but he will remain their skipper in Test and ODI cricket.

Kohli became India's Test captain in 2014 after MS Dhoni's retirement and he took over as skipper in all formats in 2017, with Dhoni stepping down as white-ball captain.

The 32-year-old cited his "immense workload" as the reason behind his decision, which will allow him "to be fully ready to lead the Indian Team in Test and ODI Cricket".

Kohli intends to still play T20Is for India and he will be desperate to end his time in charge with a World Cup win.

In a statement, Kohli said: "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.

"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.

"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."

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