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Virat Kohli to step down as India’s T20 captain after the T20s World Cup

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli has announced he will step down as India’s T20I captain after the conclusion of the upcoming T20 World Cup. Kohli, who has played 90 T20Is for India, has captained in 45 of those matches and won 27 of them.

He cited the “immense workload” he has been managing for most of the last decade, as an all-format player and as captain, as the reason for his decision.

The 32-year-old said in a statement that the decision was taken after consulting people close to him, head coach Ravi Shastri and teammate Rohit Sharma. “I feel I need to give myself space to be fully ready to lead the Indian team in Test and ODI cricket,” said Kohli, whose leadership has been the subject of mounting speculation in recent months.

“I’ve decided to step down as the T20 captain after this T20 World Cup in Dubai in October,” he added in a Twitter post. The 32-year-old, who became limited-overs captain after MS Dhoni stepped aside in 2017, has faced pressure over his failure to win India either the World Cup, Champions Trophy or T20 World Cup. But Jay Shah, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), had backed Kohli this week to continue.

“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,” said Virat Kohli. “Of course, arriving at the decision took a lot time,” he explained, adding that he had consulted with India coach Ravi Shastri and opening batsman Rohit Sharma.

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