Sourav Ganguly, Virat Kohli
Sourav Ganguly, Virat Kohli. Image-Twitter

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly called Indian captain Virat Kohli one of the successful leaders in T20I cricket.

Ganguly’s statement comes after Kohli announced his decision to step down as India’s captain from the shortest format after the T20 World Cup in United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Virat Kohli has been a true asset for Indian Cricket and has led with aplomb: Sourav Ganguly

Kohli has led India in 45 T20 International matches and the team has won 27 matches under his captaincy so far.

Ganguly thanked the Indian skipper for his tremendous performance while leading India in the shortest format and wished him the best for the showpiece event that starts next month.

“Virat has been a true asset for Indian Cricket and has led with aplomb. He is one of the most successful captains in all the formats. The decision has been made keeping in mind the future roadmap,” Ganguly was quoted as saying in a media release uploaded on bcci.tv.

BCCI Chief Sourav Ganguly
BCCI Chief Sourav Ganguly (Image Credit: Twitter)

“We thank Virat for his tremendous performance as the T20I Captain. We wish him all the best for the upcoming World Cup and beyond and hope that he continues to score plenty of runs for India,” Ganguly added. 

I have given everything to the Team during my time as T20 Captain: Virat Kohli

On Thursday, Kohli took to his official Twitter account to announce his decision and cited workload management as the reason.

“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.

Virat Kohli To Step Down As T20I Captain
Virat Kohli To Step Down As T20I Captain.

“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.

BCCI is yet to announce Kohli’s successor in the T20I format but it seems that India’s white-ball vice-captain Rohit Sharma could take over the reins.

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