Michael Vaughan, Virat Kohli
Michael Vaughan, Virat Kohli. (Photo: Twitter)

Former England captain Michael Vaughan appreciated Indian skipper Virat Kohli‘s decision to step down as India’s T20I captain.

On Thursday, Kohli announced that he will step down as India’s T20I captain after the T20 World Cup in United Arab Emirates (UAE) in November.

I have been fortunate enough to not only represent India but also lead the Indian Cricket Team: Virat Kohli

Kohli, who took to his official Twitter account to announce his decision, cited workload management as the reason for him to step down as the captain of India in the shortest format.

“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,” Kohli said in a statement posted on his Twitter handle.

MS Dhoni, Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli
MS Dhoni, Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli. (Photo: Twitter)

“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 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. 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,” he added.

Virat Kohli’s decision will hopefully relax him a little away from all the pressure: Michael Vaughan

Vaughan applauded Kohli for his decision and said that he will get some good time for himself and will be relieved a little bit from the pressure.

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan (Image Credit: Twitter)

“Well Done… that’s a very unselfish decision & also one which will give you some nice space to hopefully relax a little away from all the pressure,” Michael Vaughan commented in Virat Kohli’s post on Instagram. 

Kohli has led India in 45 T20 International matches and the team has won 27 matches under his captaincy. It looks like India’s white-ball vice-captain Rohit Sharma could take over the reins from Kohli in the shortest format.

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