Virat Kohli has decided to quit his T20I captaincy in November once the T20 World Cup ends. The 32-year-old took to Twitter to explain his decision. The skipper explained that playing all three formats and captaining has been a lot. Therefore, he has decided to reduce his workload and give himself space to lead the other two formats, the Test series, and ODI. Kohli made this announcement just eight days after the finalization of the Indian squad that will play at the 2021 T20 World Cup.
Kohli went further to explain that he did not come to this decision rashly. He took the time to contemplate and discuss with people close to him. The outgoing captain said that he has spoken in length with the head coach Ravi Shastri and Rohit Sharma, the opening batsman. He added that the secretary Jay Shar and the BCCI president Ganguly were privy to his decision.
In a statement, the BCCI president confirmed that Virat Kohli had their blessing. He praised Kohli for his leadership and spoke of the success of his captaincy. He went ahead to say that Kohli has been one of the most successful captains in all three formats. The captain has had a good run leading the T20 tournaments winning 27 out of the 45 matches India played. He scored 1502 runs, a score just above Rohit Sharma’s 1500 runs.
The T20 World Cup is expected to run between October and November this year. India will be playing Pakistan on October 24 in the UAE. The games will kick off on October 17, with the finals expected on November 14 in Dubai.
With this announcement, fans have been trying to predict who the new India T20 captain will be. Rohit Sharma is an obvious choice since he has captained the team before. He is considered the most successful captain in the history of IPL and will be excellent at the job.
Rohit Sharma’s track record is one to marvel at as he has led his team, the Mumbai Indians, to victory five times now. Under his leadership, the Mumbai Indians won the IPL in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020. The opening batsman took the reins in 2013 from the then captain Harbhajan Singh and immediately tasted victory. Rohit Sharma has made it to the finals six times out of 8 and won 5 titles from then on.
Rohit’s captaincy record for T20I cricket is even more impressive. Under Rohit, India has managed 15 wins out of 19 matches, a whopping 78.94 percent. To top it all, he scored seven half-centuries and two centuries, showing that his batting game didn’t suffer at all.
The mention of Sharma as one of the leaders in Kohli’s statement stirred the rumor mill. That mention, together with Rohit’s track record, puts him as a frontrunner to take over the captaincy from Virat Kohli. After Kohli’s poor performance in the ICC tournaments, it is time to give Sharma a chance. Moreover, even though Kohli claims to continue captaining the Test and ODI series, he may focus on his batting for now.