Captain for one day, Captain for life : Virat Kohli to step down as India's T20I captain after the W
"I always dreamt of holding the bat and winning games for India. That was my inspiration to take up cricket." - Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli to step down as India's T20I captain after the World Cup. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday announced that Mr Virat Kohli has decided to step down as captain of the T20I side after the upcoming ICC Men's T20 World Cup, 2021.
Kohli has never captained in a T20 World Cup before, with the upcoming edition all set to be his first and last assignment at the helm. The pressure has been building on the Indian skipper due to a couple of disappointing losses in ICC tournaments, and he has cited workload management as the reason behind his decision.
Virat Kohli will be able to reduce his workload
He has an exceptional record as T20I captain. Over the years, there can be no denying that Kohli has mustered some impressive numbers in bilateral rubbers. When talking about the shortest format specifically, he has a win percentage of 65.11, having won 27 of 45 fixtures he has captained in. In addition, he also has T20I series triumphs in Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa to bask in.
Virat Kohli has already explicitly stated that he has made this decision to manage his workload, which is completely understandable. He has been part of the side across formats for almost a decade now, and despite his superhuman fitness levels, he has been in an extremely demanding role.
Virat Kohli's tactics and team selection have often come under question but he brings a lot of unique attributes to the captaincy table. His passion and aggression have helped India script many famous victories, with his take-the-bull-by-the-horns attitude working for the Men in Blue frequently.
Even though Virat Kohli will be missed as captain, India should be able to manage without him. Rohit Sharma is the prime candidate to take over, with other Indian Premier League captains like KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant also part of the national setup.
Similar to how MS Dhoni helped he
India captain Virat Kohli's childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma has said that the outgoing T20I captain will be keen to help his replacement, similar to how MS Dhoni helped Kohli.
"New captain will bring new ideas and new strategies, so it will interesting to see who is named as the skipper. Just like what (MS) Dhoni did, Virat (Kohli) too will like to play the same role and help the new captain,"
"He will be more determined and focused to win the T20 World Cup, as he will want to leave India's T20I captaincy on a high,” said Sharma.
In a statement about his decision to step down as captain, Virat Kohli said that he has been fortunate to lead the T20I team and thanked everyone who was a part of this journey. In his 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."