Why Virat Kohli is stepping down as India T20 captain after Cricket World Cup

Virat Kohli has confirmed he will step down as India T20 captain after the upcoming ICC T20 Cricket World Cup.

Kohli captained India in 45 of his 90 T20 international appearances, leading the side to 27 victories.

The 32-year-old says he came to the decision after speaking to India head coach Ravi Shastri and vice-captain Rohit Sharma.

A statement from Kohli said: ‘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.

‘Understanding workload is a very important thing and considering my immense workload over the last eight-nine years playing all three formats and captaining regularly for last five-six years, I feel I need to give myself space to be fully ready to lead the Indian Team in Test and ODI Cricket.

‘The decision has been made keeping in mind the future roadmap. We thank Virat for his tremendous performance as the T20I Captain.

‘We wish him all the best for the upcoming World Cup and beyond and hope that he continues to score plenty of runs for India.’

Many of India’s white-ball team are currently in the UAE ahead of the resumption of the IPL. Kohli and his Test squad were leading England 2-1 before the fifth Test at Old Trafford was postponed over Covid-19 fears.

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