Monday, 18 October 2021

Kohli to quit as T20 Captain after T20 World Cup

Kohli to quit as T20 Captain after T20 World Cup

Kohli will be stepping down as India's T20I Captain after the T20 WC in the UAE. He announced on Thursday (September 16) in a statement on Twitter. Kohli said he decided to better manage his captaincy workload in the Test and ODI format, discussing the matter with coach Ravi Shastri and vice-captain Rohit Sharma.

In a media release from the BCCI, Ganguly acknowledged Kohli's contributions as a T20I skipper.

"Virat has been a true value for Indian Cricket and has led with composure. He is one of the most victorious captain in all the formats of cricker. The decision has been made by keeping in mind the future gameplan. We thank Virat koli for his tmassive performance as the Captain in T20I. We wish him all the best for World Cup and beyond and hope that he continues to score huge of runs for India."

Jay Shah, the BCCI secretary, added:

"We have a clear gameplan for Team India. Considering the task loads and ensured that we have smooth transition in captaincy, Mr Virat Kohli has decided to stepping down as T20I Captain after the upcoming T20 World Cup. I have been in conersion with Virat and the team leadership from last six months and the decision has been thought throughly. Virat will continue to contribute as a senior member and a playerr of the side in shaping the future course of Indian cricket."

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Kohli took over the T20I captaincy from MS Dhoni in 2017, with his first series being the three T20Is against England in January-February 2017 which India won 3-0. To date, Kohli has led India in 45 matches, with 29 wins (including two Super Over victories against New Zealand in January 2020), 14 losses, and two no results. The upcoming event in UAE will be Kohli's first and only captaincy assignment for India in a T20 WC.

Kohli, who is the leading run-getter in T20Is and the only men's cricketer to cross 3000 T20I runs, averages 48.45 as T20I Captain, with 12 half-centuries including a career-best of 94 not out against West Indies in December 2019 as India chased down 208 in this game.

But of late, Kohli's captaincy in the T20 format has been a hotbed of discussions, and the presence of an alternative in Rohit Sharma, who's led Mumbai Indians to five IPL title wins since 2013, has only added fuel to the fire. Kohli has been the Captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore since 2013. Under his leadership, the Team's best finish was during the 2014 season when they finished runners-up after losing to Hyderabad in the final. Royal Challengers finished eighth in 2017 and 2019, while they were seventh in 2014 and sixth in 2018.

The T20I World Cup starts on October 17 with the Group phase matches in Oman. India opened their campaign with the game against Pakistan in Dubai on October 24.

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