After the 2021 T20 World Cup in the UAE, Virat Kohli will step down as India’s T20 captain

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Virat Kohli, the captain of the Indian cricket team, revealed on Thursday that he will step down as captain of the Men in Blue in the shortest version of the game after the 2021 T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. The 32-year-old made the announcement on Twitter, where he also explained why he took the decision.

Kohli revealed that he made the decision to step down as T20I skipper due to his heavy workload over the years. He also stated that he will continue to bat in the shorter formats of the game while captaining India in Tests and ODIs. The cricketer made the decision after talking with Ravi Shastri, Rohit Sharma, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, BCCI secretary Jay Shah, and selectors.

Check out this post by Virat Kohli:

I’d like to express my gratitude to everyone who has helped me along the way as captain: Kohli

The 32-year-old wrote a touching essay that conveyed the great sense of pride he has felt over the years as he has led the Indian team in all three forms. “I’ve been fortunate enough to not only represent India, but also to lead the Indian Cricket Team to its full potential,” he said.

“I’d like to express my gratitude to everyone who has helped me along the way as 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 every Indian who wished us luck “Kohli continued.

Kohli resigns as T20I skipper to balance his workload

One of the main reasons for Virat Kohli’s decision to step down as T20I captain is to manage his workload. The 32-year-old added that taking the call was critical because he wanted to be ready to skipper India in the game’s other two formats.

“Understanding workload is really essential, and given my enormous workload over the previous 8-9 years playing all three 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,” Kohli said.

The cricketer also stated that throughout his time as T20 Captain, he gave all for the team and will continue to do so as a batsman for the T20 Team in the future.

I discussed it with Ravi bhai and Rohit, two of my closest friends: Kohli

Kohli acknowledged that it took a long time for him to make the choice to step aside as captain in the shortest format. “After much thought and conversation with my close friends, Ravi bhai and Rohit, who have both played an important role in the leadership group, I’ve chosen to step down as T20 Captain after the T20 World Cup in Dubai in October,” he said.

The 32-year-old also discussed the matter with BCCI Secretary Mr Jay Shah and President Mr Sourav Ganguly, as well as all the selectors. Kohli concluded the letter by assuring his fans that his approach while playing for India will remain unchanged. Kohli signed off by saying, “I will continue to serve Indian Cricket and the Indian Team to the best of my ability.”

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