Sept 17, 2021: Virat Kohli to quit as T20 captain after the 2021 T20 World Cup and former England skipper Michael Vaughan called this move of the Indian captain as an ‘unselfish’ one. Kohli, will, however, continue to lead Team India in the 50-over and Test formats.
Virat Kohli to quit as T20 captain
Kohli has decided to step down from T20I captaincy after the ICC T20 World Cup in November this year. The India skipper said he needs to give himself space in order to play all three formats for the country.
“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 five to six years, I feel I need to give myself space to be fully ready to lead Indian team in Test and ODI cricket,” Kohli posted in a statement on his social media accounts.
Virat Kohli to quit as T20 captain, Michael Vaughan supports the Indian skipper
“Well Done… that’s a very unselfish decision and also one which will give you some nice space to hopefully relax a little away from all the pressures,” Michael Vaughan commented on Kohli’s post on Instagram.
On Thursday, Kohli took to social media to announce that he will step down as the T20 captain after the T20 World Cup in Dubai in October. The decision, Kohli said, was taken after consulting head coach Ravi Shastri, Rohit Sharma, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah.
“I have given my everything to the Team during my time as T20 captain and I will continue to do so for the T20 captain and will continue to do so for the T20 team as a batsman moving forward,” he further added.
Vinod Kambli roots for Rohit Sharma
Former India cricketer Vinod Kambli feels opening batsman Rohit Sharma might take the place of India’s skipper in the T20Is after the 2021 World Cup after Virat Kohli has called it quits. “Now Virat is stepping down from captaincy, I feel Rohit might get a chance. Virat will now play to his full potential as there will be no pressure on him. I want Virat to play freely,” Kambli told news agency ANI.