Virat Kohli to step down as India’s T20 captain after ICC T20 World Cup
Virat Kohli announced on Thursday through his social media account that he will step down as captain of the Indian cricket team at the top of the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup within the United Arab Emirates and Oman from October 17 to November 14.
The 322-year-old star cricketer said stepping down would allow him to specialise in being “fully prepared” to steer the Indian team in Tests and ODIs.
Kohli, who took over the captaincy during a limited-overs format after the resignation of MS Dhoni in 2017, will lead India to the T20 World Cup for the primary time next month. He was a part of the team that reached the ultimate of the 2014 ICC T20 World Cup and therefore the semifinals of the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup within the past.
Kohli’s move surprised fans, cricketers and pundits alike and lots of went on social media to react to the announcement.
“Virat’s intensity was insane. i assumed he would hand over the captaincy of #RCB which might give him two months off. Hopefully it can give his mind the required rest and who knows, he can find another peak as a T20 batsman.” Cricket commentator Harsh Vogle wrote on his Twitter account.
BCCI secretary Joy Shah thanked Kohli for his contribution as captain. “#Thank you VimVKohli for your contribution as Team India captain. the eye and determination you’ve got shown as a young talent as a captain is unparalleled. the foremost impressive aspect was the thanks to balance between captaincy and private performance.”
Virat Kohli’s contribution to the Indian Twenty20 cricket team as a captain is immense. It can never be forgotten. this is often his personal decision and that we respect it, ”BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla tweeted.
Good luck for the T20 World Cup . i’m sure you’ll bring glory to the country, ”wrote former India fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad in response to Kohli’s tweet.