Virat Kohli will officially step down as India’s T20 captain

At 5.53 pm on Thursday, three days after reported that Virat Kohli will step down as white-ball captain after the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup, the top batsman put out a message on social media and announced that he has decided to step down as T20 captain after the tournament in UAE.

MUMBAI: Virat Kohli’s announcement on Thursday evening left many stumped, but former India skipper and chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar, who first picked him to play for India for the limited overs tour of Sri Lanka back in 2008, was anticipating this ‘bouncer’ from the 32-year-old.

It can be confirmed that the decision is Kohli’s alone. The BCCI has not asked him to quit in any format. On Monday, Kohli making up his mind to quit as captain, it was categorically mentioned that this was a decision being contemplated by him, considering he wanted to give himself space and time to concentrate on his batting.

Kohli’s post on Thursday confirmed as much. “Understanding workload is a very important thing…I feel I need to give myself space to be fully ready to lead the Indian team in Test and ODI cricket,” Kohli said.

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