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Virat Kohli To Step Down As India’s T20I Captain After ICC T20 World Cup

He will continue to lead the team in Test cricket and ODIs.

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Virat Kohli announced on Thursday that he will step down as India T20I captain after the completion of the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup.

Kohli, who took over as captain in the shortest format in 2017 after MS Dhoni stepped down from his position, took to social media to announce the decision. 

However, he will continue to lead the team in Test cricket and ODIs.

The upcoming ICC T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place in UAE and Oman from October 17 to November 14.


The statement shared on social media said:

“I have decided to step down as the T20 captain after this T20 World Cup in Dubai in October,” Kohli wrote in a post that he shared on his social media handles.

“I have been fortunate enough to not only represent India but also lead the Indian Cricket Team to my utmost capability. I thank everyone who has supported me in my journey as the 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 each and every Indian who prayed for us to win.

“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 last 5-6 years, I feel I need to give myself space to fully ready to lead the Indian Team in Test and ODI Cricket. I have given everything to the Team during my time as T20 Captain and I will continue to do so for the T20 Team as a batsman moving forward.

“Of course, arriving at this decision took a lot of time. After a lot of contemplation and discussions with my close people, Ravi bhai and also Rohit, 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. I have also spoken to secretary Mr. Jay Shah the President of BCCI Mr Sourav Ganguly along with all the selectors about the same. I will continue to serve Indian Cricket and the Indian Team to the best of my ability,” Kohli wrote in his post.

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