The Indian cricket captain, Virat Kohli, announced on Thursday that he will resign following the conclusion of the men’s T20 World Cup in October in Oman and the UAE. Since he has been leading India across all three formats for the past five to six years, Virat Kohli has taken this step in an effort to manage his workload.
“Virat Kohli will continue to play all three formats,” he said, and will contribute in T20s despite playing all three formats for “at least 8-9 years.”
Virat Kohli’s wife Anushka Sharma reacted to his announcement on Twitter that he will step down as T20 captain of the Indian cricket team. She has been with her husband on his international tours since June and will be present during the T20 World Cup in October.
Anushka Sharma shared Virat’s lengthy note on Instagram with her followers, which explained why he decided to step down as T20 captain. As a caption, she included a red heart emoji, just like Virat did for his Instagram post.
He thanked everyone on Thursday via his official Twitter account for their support throughout his journey as Indian captain across all formats. Additionally, he stated that he will continue to contribute to the team as a batsman and as the T20I captain.
“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,” said Kohli in his statement.
Virat Kohli said that he would continue to lead the team in both Tests and ODIs. “Understanding workload is a very important thing and considering my immense workload over the last 8-9 years playing all three formats and captaining regularly for 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. 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.”
Kohli became the captain of India in all formats in the 2017 series against England in which he made his T20I captaincy debut. In 45 T20Is, Kohli led India to 27 wins and 14 losses, with two matches tied and two endings in a no-result, making him India’s second most successful skipper behind MS Dhoni in the format. In 2018, Kohli became the first Indian captain with T20I bilateral series wins in South Africa (2-1) and England (2-1), followed by New Zealand (5-0) and Australia (2-1).
“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 the secretary Mr Jay Shah and 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,” concluded Kohli.