Virat Kohli to step down as India’s T20 captain, says he had ‘immense workload’ over the years

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Virat Kohli to step down as India’s T20 captain, says he had ‘immense workload’ over the years
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  • Virat Kohli to step down as captain for the T20 cricket team after the T20 World Cup in Dubai this year.
  • He said he has spoken to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Jay Shah and Sourav Ganguly, president of BCCI.
  • He further said in his tweet that he will continue to be part of the T20 team as a batsman in the future.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli has decided to resign as captain of the T20 cricket team after the T20 World Cup in Dubai this year.

Kohli announced this on social media platforms on Thursday. He said he has spoken to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Jay Shah and Sourav Ganguly, president of BCCI.

Virat Kohli has been the captain for India in 45 T20 internationals of which he led the team to victory in 27 matches and the team lost 14 others. The success rate is 65.1% compared to that his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni who had a win rate of 59.28% in 72 matches (with wins in 41 of those).

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Kohli tweeted, “After a lot of contemplation and discussions with my close people, Ravi [Shastri] Bhai and also Rohit [Sharma], who have been an essential part of the leadership group, I’ve decided to step down as the T20 Captain after this T20 World Cup in Dubai in October.”


He further said in his tweet that he will continue to be part of the T20 team as a batsman in the future. Kohli said that making up his mind “took a lot of time.”

Kohli wrote, “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…”
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With inputs from IANS

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