Virat Kohli announced on social media that he will step down as captain of the Indian cricket team in T20Is after the conclusion of the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup, which will be held in the United Arab Emirates and Oman from October 17 to November 14. He will continue to lead the team in Test matches and ODIs.
“I have decided to step down as T20 captain after the T20 World Cup in Dubai in October,” Kohli wrote in a statement posted on his social media.
“I have been fortunate to not only represent India but also lead the Indian cricket team to the best of my ability. I thank everyone who has supported me on my journey as 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 every single Indian who prayed for our victory.
“Understanding the workload is very important and given my immense workload over the last eight to nine years, playing all three formats and captaining regularly for the last five to six years, I feel I need to give myself the space to fully lead the Indian team in Test and ODI cricket. I gave my all for the team during my time as T20 captain and will continue to do so as a batsman for the T20 team
“Of course, it took a lot of time to make this decision. After much deliberation and discussions with my close confidants, Ravi bhai and also Rohit, who were an integral part of the leadership group, I have decided to step down as T20 captain after the T20 World Cup in Dubai in October. I have also discussed this with Secretary Jay Shah and BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and all the selectors. I will continue to serve Indian cricket and the Indian team to the best of my ability,” Kohli wrote in his statement.
Kohli took over as captain in 2017 in the shortest format after MS Dhoni stepped down from his post. This will be the first time Kohli will lead India in the ICC T20 World Cup. In the past, he has led the team to the final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and the semifinals of the ICC World Cup 2019.
BCCI honorary secretary Jay Shah also said the team was ready to make a change after Kohli’s retirement as captain. “We have a clear roadmap for Team India. Considering the workload and to ensure a smooth transition, Virat Kohli has decided to step down as T20I captain after the upcoming World Cup,” he said.
“I have had discussions with Virat and the management team over the last six months and the decision has been well considered. Virat will continue to contribute as a player and as a senior member of the team to shape the future course of Indian cricket.”