Virat Kohli’s boyhood coach explains why the cricketer is stepping down as India’s T20I captain after the 2021 World Cup

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Virat Kohli startled Indian cricket fans a few weeks ago when he abruptly announced his decision to step aside as India’s T20I captain after the 2021 World Cup. While there had been rumours for some time, no one anticipated Kohli to make the news just a month before the huge event began.

The 32-year-old also explained that he was making this decision to manage his workload in a letter posted on his social media account. “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.

He also declared a few days later that he will step down as captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore after IPL 2021. Everyone was perplexed by the sequence of events, as no one could figure out what was going on in Virat Kohli’s thoughts. Everyone was curious as to whether he made the decision deliberately or under duress.

Kohli’s time management was becoming increasingly difficult: Raj Kumar Sharma

Raj Kumar Sharma, Kohli’s childhood coach, has now put an end to all the rumours by stating that the cricketer had been considering taking this step for some time. He stated in an interview, “For a few days, he (Kohli) has been contemplating this (standing down as India’s T20I captain). Maybe I was preventing him from making a hasty decision. However, as a family guy, he began to feel compelled to devote more time to his daughter and family.”

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Raj Kumar Sharma, reflecting on his chats with Virat Kohli, stated that the 32-year-old was probably correct, as he was not getting enough time and space for himself and his family while performing his responsibilities as Team India captain. “When he awoke, he had to attend bowlers meeting at 11 a.m., batsmen meeting at 12 a.m., and a team meeting at 1 p.m. It was becoming increasingly difficult for him to keep track of time. This is why he has decided to retire from at least one format (T20I).”

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