The prolific Indian cricketer and captain Virat Kohli on Thursday took to his Twitter account to announce that he will step down as India’s T20 captain after the T20 World Cup in UAE but will continue to lead the side in ODIs and Test cricket. “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 his Twitter page.
As per a PTI report, for some time, there has been speculation about Kohli’s future as white-ball captain especially in the backdrop of Rohit Sharma’s brilliant track record of winning five IPL titles for Mumbai Indians.
Virat in his Twitter statement further added, “Understanding workload is a very important thing and considering my immense workload over the last 8-9 years playing all three formats and captaining regularly for last five to six years, I feel I need to give myself space to be fully ready to lead Indian team in Test and ODI cricket.”
“I have given my everything to the Team during my time as T20 captain and I will continue to do so for the T20 captain and will continue to do so for the T20 team as a batsman moving forward.” he further added.
Kohli concluded that the decision was taken after a lot of contemplation and discussion with people close to him, head coach Ravi Shastri, Rohit Sharma, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, and secretary Jay Shah.
The T20 World Cup starts on October 17.
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