Virat Kohli will resign as captain of India after the 2021 T20 World Cup
Virat Kohli will resign as India's T20I captain after the ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman from October to November. The Indian captain confirmed the development on social media on Thursday.
Kohli said that he had a long discussion with head coach Ravi Shastri and White captain Rohit, and then came to the conclusion that he needs to pay more attention to ODI and test cricket, whether as a batsman or as a captain, in order to The team took to new heights.
“After a lot of contemplation and discussion with my close people, Ravi bhai and also Rohit, who have been an essential part of the leadership group, I have decided to step down as the T20 captain after this T20 World Cup in Dubai in October” Kohli said Said in a lengthy Instagram and Twitter post.
However, Kohli confirmed that he will continue to be a member of the Indian T20I team as a player.
“I have also spoken to the BCCI secretary Jay Shah and president Sourav Ganguly along with all the selectors at the same time. I will continue to serve Indian cricket team and the Indian team to the best of ability,” Kohli added.
‘I need to give myself space to be fully ready to lead the India in Tests, ODIs’: Kohli
Kohli said that his “huge workload in the past 8-9 years” as a player and the captain of about 5-6 years made him feel that he needed “space” to lead the Indian team in ODI and cricket tests.
“Understanding the workload is a very important thing. Considering the huge workload of playing all 3 formats in the past 8-9 years and regularly serving as the captain in the past 5-6 years, I feel that I need to give myself space to I am fully prepared to lead the Indian test team and ODI cricket. During my tenure as the T20 captain, I have done everything for the team and I will continue to do this for the T20 team as a forward batsman," he added road.
Kohli took over as the Indian Test captain for the first time in the Australian Tour halfway after MS Dhoni retired in the 2014-15 season. He thanked his team members, support staff and fans for their support.
"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," Kohli said in a statement.
Kohli was appointed as India's full-form captain in 2017, when Dhoni decided to resign as the captain of the restricted team. Kohli's first major task as captain was the 2017 championship trophy, in which India lost to Pakistan in the final.
“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,” Kohli said.
Kohli's last mission as the captain of India
In the upcoming T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman, India will start the match against Pakistan in Dubai on October 24. This will be Kohli’s first and last mission as the captain of India in the T20 World Cup.