India’s T20I captain Virat Kohli released a Statement on his social media account on Thursday saying that he will step down from captaincy at the end of the ICC T20 World Cup. Kohli has 90 international T20 games under his belt, 45 of which he’s captained and 27 of which India has won. After consulting with close friends and family members, he decided this, including coach Ravi Shastri and teammate Rohit Sharma.
Why Did Virat Take This Decision?
Kohli said that he never understood the pressure of workload before representing India in all formats of Cricket as a captain. He has been playing in the Indian cricket team for the last 8-9 years and has been a team captain for the previous 5-6 years. He said that despite giving his all to the team for the past few years, he needs some space to prepare for ODI and tests.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 16, 2021
Kohli took over the ICC T20 World Cup captaincy after MS Dhoni stepped down from that designation. He will do the same after the Dubai World Cup, as the star player said. He also revealed that it took him a lot of time to come to this decision. He consulted with head coach Ravi Shastri, other team players, and family members before finalizing it.
Virat also said that he feels lucky that he could represent India in all three formats of Cricket. He thanks everyone, starting from his coach, selectors, teammates, and staff members, because he believes everyone has shown their full support to this player for all these years. He also notified the BCCI about his decision.
What Is BCCI Thinking Of Kohli’s Decision?
It looks like the BCCI is supporting Virat’s decision to leave the captaincy position of the T20 World Cup. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly referred to him as a ‘true asset’ for the Indian cricket team. Dada also said that Kohli is one of the most successful captains the nation has ever seen as he is equally talented in all three game formats. He thanks Virat for his commendable performance in the game and hopes he will continue to do so in other matches.
🚨 NEWS 🚨: Virat Kohli to step down as T20I captain after World Cup. #TeamIndia
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 16, 2021
Even BCCI secretary Jay Shah made an applauding statement siding with Virat’s decision. He said that they have a clear roadmap for the team, and he has been discussing this event with Virat for the last six months after finally coming to a decision.
Now, just because Kohli is retiring from captaincy doesn’t mean his contribution towards the team’s success will be any less. He will still play as a senior batsman in the T20 world cup and captain in ODI and Test matches. So, the BCCI is fully supporting Kohli’s decision so far.
What We Think
If the player himself thinks he needs time to focus more on the test matches and ODI cricket, he must be right. Although this news has generated shockwaves in many cricket fans, we wish him all the best for the future. Just like the BCCI keeps its beliefs firm on Kohli, we also hope that the stunning batsman will continue to make us proud.