Virat Kohli announced his plan to step down from his T20I captaincy when the T20 World Cup concludes. He will, however, continue captaining the Indian team at the Test and ODI tournaments. Kohli made this announcement on Twitter when he said that he had thought about his workload and decided taking a step back would be best.
In his statement, Kohli explained that he came to this decision after discussions with people close to him. His head coach Ravi Shastri and vice-captain Rohit Sharma who also captained the team, were included in the decision. The 32-year-old also mentioned that he needed to give himself space to lead the Test series and ODI. Playing all three formats for nine years and captaining for six years has been immense. Therefore, leaving his role as India T20 captain is to reduce his workload.
This announcement was made about a week after the final list of players for the T20 World Cup was released. The T20 World Cup is expected to run between October and November 2021.
The BCCI president Sourav Ganguly mentioned Kohli’s retirement, saying that this decision was made considering the future of Indian Cricket. He thanked Virat Kohli for being an asset to Indian cricket and leading with confidence and skill. According to Ganguly, Kohli’s captaincy in all formats has been one of the most outstanding. He also went ahead to wish the outgoing captain the best in the upcoming World Cup and future games.
When MS Dhoni stepped down as T20I captain 2017, Kohli took the reins. So far, Kohli has led the Indian team in 45 T20Is. Of these, India won 27 and lost 14; they tied in two games. The outgoing captain scored a total of 3159 runs in the T20Is he has played. During his captaincy, Kohli scored 1502 runs averaging 48.45. His strike rate stands at 143.18, and he has managed to score 12 fifties, with his best being a 94 off 50 balls chasing 208 in a game against West Indies.
To top it all, Kohli has held the record of third-highest run-getter in the T20Is since 2017. He has had the most runs of all Indian batters ahead of Rohit Sharma, who has scored 1500 runs. His average is 33.33, and his strike rate is just above Kohli’s at 148.95.
In the T20 tournament 2016, Kohli gave one of his best performances. He took the bat when India was on the verge of a terrible loss. Expertly, he smashed the bat against James Faulkner with 19 runs. Joining him, Nathan Coulter gave 16 runs and changed the course of the game. Opener Rohit Sharma was out early, which meant India was in trouble. They needed a staggering 207 runs to win, and Kohli rose to the challenge. He smashed 94 runs out of 50 balls which helped India win the game.
In the game against West Indies in 2019, Kohli gave a standout performance when he played one of the best matches of his career. He scored a massive 70 runs off of just 29 balls which got India to 204 runs total.
Kohli has maintained his T20I captaincy for years. His resignation came as a shock to some people, especially because of the time of announcement. However, his teammates and leaders back his decision and support him.