Twitter Erupts In Shock As Virat Kohli Decides To Step Down As India's T20I Captain After T20 World Cup In UAE
Twitter Erupts In Shock As Virat Kohli Decides To Step Down As India's T20I Captain After T20 World Cup In UAE

Finally, after days of speculation, reports, quashing of those reports and confirmation of his non-resignation, Virat Kohli has announced that he will be stepping down as India‘s T20I captain after the upcoming T20 World Cup, to be played in the UAE and Oman from October 17 to November 14.

Virat Kohli announced this decision of his on Thursday evening, 3 days ahead of the start of the IPL 2021, also in the UAE, where he will captain the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

The Delhi-born took over India’s white-ball captaincy from MS Dhoni in 2017. He has led the country in 45 T20Is, registering wins in 27, and 14 losses; 2 more games were tied which India won in Super Over.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image: Twitter)

Virat Kohli stated that the workload of being an all-format player and captain has eventually got to him and hence he will step down as the T20I skipper at the end of the World Cup, which would be his first as an India captain. He had previously led the country in three ICC events – the 2017 Champions Trophy, 2019 World Cup, and the inaugural World Test Championship. India, though, lost all three in knockout games.

He will, though, continue to lead the side in ODI and Test cricket. Vice-captain Rohit Sharma will most likely take the baton from Virat Kohli in the shortest format.

“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,” Kohli wrote. “Of course, arriving at this decision took a lot of time. After a lot of contemplation and discussions with my close people, Ravi bhai and also Rohit, who have been an essential part of the leadership group, I’ve decided to step down as the T20 Captain after this T20 World Cup in Dubai in October,” the skipper said in his post.

“I have also spoken to the secretary Mr Jay Shah and the President of BCCI Mr Sourav Ganguly along with all the selectors about the same. I will continue to serve Indian Cricket and the Indian Team to the best of my ability,” he added.

Virat Kohli, T20 World Cup 2021
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

There had been a report in the Times Of India since last week about Virat Kohli leaving the T20I captaincy. However, they were banished by board members.

Therefore, this decision, the statement, from the man himself has taken the fans by surprise after the events of the previous days in the media. Netizens were quick to air their opinion on Twitter; mostly everyone has welcomed and acknowledged this decision.

Here are some of the reactions to the news of Virat Kohli stepping down as the T20I skipper:

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