Officially Virat Kohli quit as India’s T20 captain

Virat Kohli has announced that he is stepping down up over T-20 captaincy after the conclusion of the upcoming T-20 world cup that commences in the United Arab Emirates on October 17.

Officially Virat Kohli quit as India’s T20 captain

Officially Virat Kohli quit as India’s T20 captain

Virat Kohli has announced that he is stepping down up over T-20 captaincy after the conclusion of the upcoming T-20 world cup that commences in the United Arab Emirates on October 17. He wants to continue as test and OCI captain. He had suggested to the BCCI selection committee that Rohit Sharma should be removed as vice-captain of India’s.

Kohli chose a social media platform to make the announcement, paving the way for split captaincy in Indian cricket.

He told on Twitter that  "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.

It is also being said that Kohli went to the selection committee with a proposal which was shocking. The Delhi-batsman suggested that since vice-captain Rohit Sharma is 34-years-old, he should be removed from his post and let someone younger take over in both formats. He wanted the ODI vice-captaincy to be handed to KL Rahul with Rishabh Pant taking over in the T20Is.

BCCI President, Mr. Sourav Ganguly said

"Virat has been a true asset for Indian Cricket and has led with self-confidence. He is one of the most successful captains in all. The decision has been made keeping in mind the future roadmap. We thank Virat for his tremendous performance as the T20I Captain.  We wish him all the best for the upcoming World Cup and beyond and hope that he continues to score plenty of runs for India.”

Kohli took charge as T20I captain in 2017 after MS Dhoni stepped down. Kohli has so far led India in 45 T20Is, of which India has won 27, lost 14, and tied two. As captain, he has scored 1502 runs at an average of 48.45 and a strike rate of 143.18, with 12 fifties including a best of 94 not out in a successful chase of 208 against West Indies in Hyderabad.

Since the start of 2017, Kohli has been the third-highest run-gutter T20I overall, and the highest among India batters ahead of Rohit, who has scored 1500 runs at an average of 33.33 and a strike rate of 148.95.

Kohli can wait for a while for a fresh call on the ODI role

While Kohli has not given up on ODI captaincy yet, the team insists that if he wants to go back to being the best batsman in the world. A space he has ruled like no other better across formats then only he will need to hand over ODI captaincy too. ODI is not on the top of my mind right now, with the focus being on two back-to-back T20 world cups. He knows he can wait for a fresh call on the 50 over format in the near future.