Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) vice president Rajeev Shukla hailed Indian captain Virat Kohli for his contribution to the Indian team as its 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 need to give myself space to be fully ready to lead the Indian Team in Test and ODI Cricket: 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.
“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.
Since it is Virat Kohli’s personal decision, we respect it: Rajeev Shukla
Kohli will continue to lead India in ODI and Test format and BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla said that he respects the Indian skipper’s decision and is confident of him winning the T20 World Cup.
“Virat Kohli’s contribution to the Indian T20 cricket team as captain was immense. It can never be forgotten. This is his personal decision and we respect it. @imVkohli @BCCI,” Shukla wrote on twitter.
— Rajeev Shukla (@ShuklaRajiv) September 16, 2021
Kohli has led India in 45 T20 International matches and the team has won 27 matches under his captaincy.