Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo: Twitter)

India captain Virat Kohli said he was relieved as the pressure of the T20I captaincy is off his shoulder after he led India for the last time in a T20I on Monday against Namibia.

India leave UAE with three wins in 5 matches, failing to reach the knockout stage of an ICC tournament for the first time since 2012. Virat Kohli felt India have “played some really good cricket” in the last three matches where they registered thumping victories over Afghanistan, Scotland, and Namibia.

The 33-year-old also talked about his workload management which was the primary reason for stepping down as the T20I skipper. India won 32 matches (including super overs) out of the 50 played under Virat Kohli.

India National Cricket Team
India National Cricket Team. Image Credits: ICC

“Relief firstly (on leaving T20I captaincy). It’s been an honour but things need to be kept at the right perspective. I felt this was the right time to manage my workload. It’s been six or seven years of heavy workload and there is a lot of pressure. The guys have been fantastic,” Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation.

“I know we haven’t got the results here but we have played some really good cricket. The guys have really made my work easier. The way we played the last three games, it’s a game of margins – T20 cricket these days. Two overs of attacking cricket at the top is what we were missing in the first two games. As I said, we weren’t brave enough in those games and in the group we were in, it was tough,” he added.

Ravi Shastri and his support staff have done a really great job: Virat Kohli

The skipper thanked and acknowledged the contribution of head coach Ravi Shastri and his support staff, who barring batting coach Vikram Rathour, also see the end of their tenure.

Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli and R Sridhar
Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli and R Sridhar. (Credits: Twitter)

“A big thank you to all those guys (Ravi Shastri and his support staff). They have done a great job over the years, creating such a wonderful environment for the players. People loved to get back to the atmosphere. They have done a really great job,” he said.

India will host New Zealand for a 3-T20I series from November 17. Virat Kohli is likely to be rested for that series.

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