BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, reacting to Virat Kohli’s decision to step down as India’s T20I captain post the World Cup, has stated that that decision has been made keeping in mind the future roadmap. “He has been a true asset for Indian cricket & led with aplomb. He’s one of the most successful captains in all formats. The decision has been made keeping in mind the future roadmap. We thank him for his tremendous performance as T20 captain,” said Ganguly, as quoted by ANI.
Virat Kohli announced he will step down as India’s T20 skipper after the T20 World Cup in UAE but will continue to lead the side in ODIs and Test cricket, a decision that paves the way for Rohit Sharma to captain in the shortest format.
“I’ve decided to step down as the T20 captain after this T20 World Cup in Dubai in October,” the 32-year-old Kohli, who is here to compete in the IPL that resumes on Sunday, said in a statement posted on his Twitter page.
“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 the Indian team in Test and ODI cricket,” Kohli explained.
BCCI Secretary Jay Shah, in a statement issued by the Board after Kohli’s announcement, said the body has been in discussion with Kohli for a while now.
“We have a clear roadmap for Team India. Considering the workloads and ensuring that we have a smooth transition, Mr. Virat Kohli has decided to step down as T20I Captain after the upcoming World Cup,” Shah said.
“I have been in discussions with Virat and the leadership team for the last six months and the decision has been thought through. “Virat will continue to contribute as a player and as a senior member of the side in shaping the future course of Indian cricket,” he added. Kohli took over India’s limited-overs captaincy in 2017, succeeding Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Kohli has played 90 T20 Internationals scoring 3159 runs with 28 fifties and captained India in 45 of those games winning 27 and losing 14.
(With PTI Inputs)