Dubai: India captain Virat Kohli on Thursday, 16 September stated that he’d step down as skipper of the side in T20Is following the conclusion of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.
Kohli has played 90 T20Is for India, and captained them in 45 of those matches, leading the side to victory in 27 of them.
The 32-year-old stated that he’d come to the decision after “a lot of contemplation and discussions with my close people” as well as the leadership group, including Ravi Shastri, the head coach, and Rohit Sharma, India’s limited-overs vice-captain.
"Arriving at this decision took a lot of time," Kohli said in his statement, released on social media. "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 have decided to step down as the T20 captain after this T20 World Cup in Dubai in October.
The move could Kohli dedicate time to his batting – following an extended purple patch spanning the majority of the last decade, Kohli has struggled since the pandemic-enforced break early in 2020. His last international century came in November 2019, in a pink-ball Test in Kolkata against Bangladesh.