Virat Kohli announced on social media on Thursday that he will stand down as captain of the Indian T20 team following the end of the ICC T20 World Cup, which is set to take place in the UAE and Oman from October 17 to November 14. He will continue to captain the squad in Tests and One-Day Internationals. Kohli revealed his decision on Twitter, claiming that he made it in consideration of his workload as a three-format player and that he had previously discussed it with BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, secretary Jay Shah, and the selectors.
After “a lot of deliberation and conversations with my close people,” including India head coach Ravi Shastri and white-ball vice-captain Rohit Sharma, who has already led India in 19 T20Is while Kohli has been rested, he made his choice. Despite the fact that the BCCI has yet to pick a replacement, Rohit Sharma appears to be the favourite.
Kohli highlighted the “immense workload” he has been handling as an all-format player and captain for most of the last decade as the basis behind his choice. “Understanding workload is critical, and given my enormous workload over the previous 8-9 years playing all three formats and captaining consistently for the last 5-6 years, I believe I need to give myself space to be completely prepared to lead the Indian team in Test and ODI cricket,” Kohli said. He has also stated that he will remain a member of India’s T20I team as a player.