Thu, 16 Sep 2021

Virat Kohli to step down as India's T20 captain

Virat Kohli to step down as T20 captain post T20 World Cup 2021

On Thursday, Team India skipper Virat Kohli announced that he will step down as India's T20 captain after the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021 in October-November. Currently, Virat Kohli captains all three formats - ODI, T20 and Test cricket. The 32-year-old further informed that he will continue being captain of the Indian team in One Day International and Test cricket. It is a decision that make way for Rohit Sharma to take up the captain's seat in the shorter format. 

"I've decided to step down as the T20 captain after this T20 World Cup in Dubai in October," Kohli said in a statement posted on Twitter.

BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly said, "Virat has been a true asset for Indian Cricket and has led with aplomb. He is one of the most successful captains in all the formats. The decision has been made keeping in mind the future roadmap. We thank Virat for his tremendous performance as the T20I Captain. We wish him all the best for the upcoming World Cup and beyond and hope that he continues to score plenty of runs for India.”

BCCI secretary Jay Shah, in a statement issued by the Board after Kohli's announcement, said the body has been in discussion with Kohli for a while now.

 "We have a clear roadmap for Team India. Considering the workloads and ensuring that we have smooth transition, Virat Kohli has decided to step down as T20I Captain after the upcoming World Cup. I have been in discussions with Virat and the leadership team for the last six months and the decision has been thought through. Virat will continue to contribute as a player and as a senior member of the side in shaping the future course of Indian cricket. Jay Shah state.

Kohli took over India's limited-overs captaincy in 2017, succeeding Mahendra Singh Dhoni.