After T20 World Cup 2021, Virat Kohli will steps down from the T20I skipper role of the Indian team. Earlier social media has been flooded with split captaincy rumors, where BCCI officials has cleared that they were not had any plans regarding this.
The decision of Virat Kohli came just a few days away from the IPL 2021 phase 2 which is scheduled to kick start from September 19 in UAE.
Virat Kohli Step down as T20I Skipper
The batting great Virat Kohli took to his Facebook account to announce the heartbreaking decision. He wrote as follows:
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.
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 T 20 Team as a batsman moving forward. 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 T 20 Captain after this T20 World Cup in Dubai in October.
I have also spoken to the secretary Mr. Jay Shah and the President of 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.
After the heartbreaking announcement, the BCCI Vice President said “he’s confident that India can win the T20 World Cup under Virat Kohli’s leadership. Virat’s contribution in T20is has been immense, not just as a batsman, but also as a captain”.
Virat Kohli Records as T20 Skipper
Right after MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli took the captaincy of all three formats. He still fails to lift an ICC trophy for team India. But Kohli still has a lot of records as captain in all three formats. Check out some of the Virat Kohli Records, Awards, and Achievements. But in prior check out some of the unique T20I records below:
- Virat Kohli captained India in 17 bilateral series and won 12 out of them. India lost just 2 series under him.
- Matches – 45
- Won – 27
- Lost – 14
- Tied – 2
- Winning % – 65.11
India Won the Following T20I series under Virat Kohli:
- Series win in Australia
- Series win in England
- Series win in New Zealand
- Series win in West Indies
- Series win in South Africa