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

Virat Kohli shocked the world after he announced on social media that he will be stepping down as India’s T20I captain after the T20 World Cup 2021. After the knowledge of his decision, Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma said that this will make the India captain more determined and focused on winning the tournament.

Kohli had taken over as the India captain in white-ball formats from MS Dhoni in 2017, while had become the Test captain in 2015. However, this will be the first and last time Virat Kohli will captain India in a T20 World Cup, as MS Dhoni had led the country in all the previous editions of the ICC event from 2007, in which India won the trophy, till 2016, which was held in India.

Rajkumar Sharma and Virat Kohli. Photo- Twitter
Rajkumar Sharma and Virat Kohli. Photo- Twitter

“New captain will bring new ideas and new strategies, so it will interesting to see who is named as the skipper. Just like what Dhoni did, Virat too will like to play the same role and help the new captain. He will be more determined and focused to win the T20 World Cup as he will want to leave India’s T20I captaincy on a high,” said Rajkumar Sharma.

It Is A Thoughtful Decision, Which Virat Kohli Discussed With Me As Well: Rajkumar Sharma

Furthermore, Rajkumar also said that it was a thoughtful decision by Virat Kohli and added that the 32-year-old had discussed the matter with him as well. He also said that Kohli took the decision at the right time.

Virat Kohli and Rajkumar Sharma
Virat Kohli and Rajkumar Sharma. Credits: Twitter

“It is a thoughtful decision, he had discussed with me also about this. Captaining in three formats does put a player under pressure and hence he decided to step down from T20I captaincy. We were discussing about it as it is a big issue, I was sure about it. Virat loves the Test format and he will want to lead India in the Test format for a longer period and ODI too hence he decided to step down from T20I captaincy to ease off the pressure,” he said.

Kohli had mentioned in his statement that he took the decision after consulting with head coach Ravi Shastri and vice-captain Rohit Sharma. He added that he will continue to play T20I cricket and will remain available for selection post the T20 World Cup 2021.

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