Indian skipper and batting maestro Virat Kohli has announced that he will step down as the captain of the Indian side in T20I cricket after the conclusion of the T20 World Cup that will be held in the months of October and November this year.
Kohli announced his decision to step down with a post on social media. Kohli stated that he has been fortunate to lead the Indian cricket team and also thanked everyone who has supported him and the Indian side.
Kohli further said that he needs to understand the workload that he has been under for the last 9 years, and added that he wants to give himself space to lead the Indian side in Tests as well as ODI cricket. Kohli further added that he had a discussion with Rohit Sharma as well as Head Coach Ravi Shastri about his decision to step down as the T20I captain.
The 32-year-old also stated that he has spoken to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly as well as the Secretary Jay Shah regarding the matter as well. Kohli concluded by stating that he will continue to serve Indian cricket to the best of his ability going forward.
Virat Kohli is currently the highest run scorer in T20I cricket, and has scored a whopping 3159 runs in 84 innings at an excellent average of 52.65 for the Indian side. The master batsman has also plundered 28 half centuries in the T20I format of the game with the willow in hand. India will play their first match of the 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup against their arch rivals Pakistan on 24th October 2021 in Dubai.