Virat Kohli, the captain of Team India in T20 cricket, will step down after the World Cup next month. Kohli has stated that he will continue to captain India in the other two forms. Kohli’s captaincy in the One-Day International format, though, appears to be in jeopardy, according to certain reports. Virat Kohli highlighted workload management as the reason for his decision to step down as India’s T20I captain. Since the epidemic break in December 2020, India has only played 8 T20Is. Notably, after the World Cup, India will only play 20 bilateral T20 games till 2023, none of which will feature Kohli as captain.
Virat Kohli had previously requested to the BCCI selection committee that Rohit Sharma, who is 34 years old, be removed as vice-captain of India’s white-ball teams. Kohli wants KL Rahul to be the ODI vice-captain, and Rishabh Pant to be the T20I vice-captain. The Board, however, did not agree with Kohli’s offer, believing that “Kohli does not want a true successor.” Kohli, according to BCCI officials, wants to keep his 50-over captaincy till the 2023 World Cup, which would be held in India.
Because the players in white-ball cricket are generally the same in both formats, the BCCI might as well assign Rohit Sharma the captaincy role in ODIs if he leads India to repeated T20I victories. Kohli has effectively put down the gauntlet to the BCCI, saying, “Remove me from ODIs if you want; the ball is in your court.” Furthermore, the BCCI will make that decision next year after observing Rohit Sharma’s leadership of Team India.
“Virat knew he would have been stripped from white ball captaincy,” a BCCI insider told PTI earlier. If the squad does not perform well at the UAE World T20, he will be out of white-ball leadership for good. He just took off a little bit of burden on himself because he appears to be there on his own terms. If the T20 performance continues to deteriorate, it may not happen until 50 overs.”
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