Virat Kohli will step down as Indian captain of the T20I after the ICC T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman in October-November. The Indian captain used social media Thursday to confirm the developments. Kohli said he had extensive discussions with head coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Rohit before concluding that as a batsman and captain he needed to focus more on ODI and cricket testing to keep the Heights team on top.
“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 in a lengthy Instagram and Twitter post. However, Kohli has confirmed that as a player he will continue to be part of India's T20I squad.
“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 the Indian cricket team and the Indian team to the best of ability,” Kohli added.Kohli said his "tremendous workload over the past 8-9 years" as a player and around 5-6 years as captain made him feel that he needed "space" to help the Indian team do well in the ODI and cricket test respectively."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 the 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," he added.Kohli, who took up his duties as Indian test captain after leaving MS Dhoni in 2014-15, thanked his teammates, support staff and fans for "standing by his side"."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 named an all-format captain in India in 2017 when Dhoni decided to step down as a captain with limited numbers. Kohli's first major appearance as captain was the 2017 Champions 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. The upcoming T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman, with India starting its campaign against Pakistan in Dubai on October 24th, will be Kohli's first and last appearance as Indian captain at the T20 World Cup.
Source:- Hindustan times
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