A lot of cricket fans were left shocked and heart broken after listening to the news of ‘Kohli’ stepping down from the post of captain of T20. Indian fans believe that this wasn’t a decision made in few hours instead it was months in the making. Kohli stated about the pressure he faced of franchise cricket as he no trophy to show off, whereas vice captain Rohit Sharma had several IPL trophies to show off. BCCI is unhappy with the resignation of kohli and sources says that BCCI is all set to remove Virat Kohli as India’s ODI captain as well. According to the sources, Rohit Sharma can be the choice of selectors.
Talking about the space he needs, Kohli, writes, “I feel I need to give myself space to be fully ready to lead the Indian Team in Test and ODI Cricket.” He further mentioned that he took the decision after “a lot of contemplation and discussions with my close people”
Speaking of workload, the cricketer mentioned, “Understanding workload is a very important thing and considering my immense workload over the last 8-9 years playing all 3 formats and captaining regularly for last 5-6 years, I feel I need to give myself space to be fully ready to lead the Indian team in Test and ODI Cricket,” Kohli said. “I have given everything to the Team during my time as T20 Captain and I will continue to do so for the T20 Team as a batsman moving forward.”
In 2017, Kohli took charge when MS Dhoni stepped down. Kohli led India in 45 T20Is, out of which India lost 14 and won 27. Virat Kohli as a captain, has scored 1502 runs at an average of 48.45 with a rate of strike of 143.18. From 2017, Kohli has been ahead of Rohit among the highest Indian batters and he also has been the third-highest run-getter in T20Is overall.
Many cricketers came out in support of Virat Kohli. Irfan Pathan revealed that is shocked after listening this news. Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan wrote, “Surely it came as a shock to hear @imVkohli stepping down from the T20 captaincy after the World Cup. Looking forward to India winning the world cup as it will be a perfect tribute to his captaincy and hope the team carries his legacy forward.”
Aakash Chopra, Indian cricket commentator and former cricketer, also took to twitter and said, “So, Kohli has decided to give up T20I captaincy. This T20 World Cup will be his first and, possibly, last as a skipper. Let’s hope that he’s got the trophy in his hands on 14th November.”
From October 17, T20 World cup hosted in UAE and Oman is all set to begin. Finals will be played in Dubai on November 14. On 24 October, Team India is going to play first match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.