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Virat Kohli to step down as T20I captain after ICC World T20 2021

The announcement came as a massive shock for Indian fans who have been dealing with the reports of captaincy change in the team.

Virat Kohli to step down as T20 captain after ICC Men's T20 World Cup-dnm
New Delhi, First Published Sep 16, 2021, 6:30 PM IST
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Indian men's cricket skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday announced that he would step down as skipper of the T20 Indian Team post the tournament, ahead of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Dubai. The announcement came as a massive shock for the Indian fans who have been dealing with reports of captaincy change.

"I have been fortunate enough to not only represent India but also lead the Indian cricket team to my utmost capability. I thank everyone who has supported me in my journey as the 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 each and every Indian who prayed for us to win," Kohli said in a statement.

Kohli said he had decided to manage his workload and will continue to be a part of India's T20 side as a pure batsman. His batting has been under immense scrutiny for the past couple of years, as he remains without an international century.

"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 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," he added.

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"Of course, arriving at this decision took a lot of time. After a lot of contemplation and discussions with my close people, Ravi bhai and also Rohit, who have been an essential part of the leadership group, I've decided to step down as the T20 Captain after this T20 World Cup in Dubai in October. I have also spoken to the secretary Mr Jay Shah and the President of BCCI Mr Sourav Ganguly, along with all the selectors about the same. I will continue to serve Indian Cricket and the Indian Team to the best of my ability," he concluded.


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In the backdrop of Rohit Sharma's brilliant track record of winning five IPL titles for Mumbai Indians, there has been speculation about Kohli's future as white-ball captain. While there were already reports regarding the same across media, the Board of Control for Cricket in India kept insisting that Kohli would continue to serve as the skipper.

It was in 2016 when he began his captaincy after MS Dhoni stepped down. Since then, he has been India's most successful captain across formats, but the ICC title is something that has eluded him. While he also steered the side to the final of the ICC World Test Championship this year, he failed to help the side win against New Zealand.

Considering his numbers as captain across formats, he has won 37 of the 64 Tests and drawn 11, with a win percentage of 56.92. In the limited-overs, he has won 65 off 95 One-Day Internationals and, with a tie, has a win percentage of 70.43. In the Twenty20 Internationals, he has won 27 off 45 with a win percentage of 65.11.

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