Virat Kohli to Step Down as T20 Captain After 2021 T20 World Cup

Virat Kohli to Step Down as T20 Captain After 2021 T20 World Cup
Virat Kohli [Image - Getty]

After the T20 World Cup 2021, India captain Virat Kohli has decided to step down as India’s T20 captain. He made the announcement in a statement on Twitter on Thursday (September 16).

Kohli said he made the decision to better manage the workload of his captaincy in the Test and ODI format. He discussed the matter with coach Ravi Shastri and co-captain Rohit Sharma.

Kohli also discussed the issue with BCCI secretary Jay Shah and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly.

In 2017, Kohli took over the T20 captaincy from MS Dhoni. So far, Kohli has led India in 45 matches, including 29 wins, 14 defeats, and two no-match results. The upcoming event in the UAE will be Kohli’s first and only captaincy for India in the T20 World Cup.

Kohli, who is the highest run-getter in T20I and the only male cricketer to cross 3000 T20I runs, averaged 48.45 as a T20I captain, with 12 half-centuries.

Kohli has been the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore since 2013 and under his leadership, the team’s best performance was in the 2014 season when they lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad in the final and were runners-up.

However, in the absence of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma will be the best option as he has led the Mumbai Indians to five IPL titles since 2013.

The second half of IPL 2021 will be an important episode for Virat Kohli. Because he has never won an ICC title or won an IPL title as a captain.

The 2021 T20 World Cup will start on October 17 in Oman and UAE. India will start their 2021 T20 World Cup journey with a match against Pakistan in Dubai on October 24.

However, it remains to be seen whether the Indian team can hold on to the record of India’s consecutive wins against Pakistan in the ICC tournament under the captaincy of Virat Kohli.

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