Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

Virat Kohli’s decision to step down has been taken keeping in mind the road map of the future: Ganguly

BCCI President Saurav Ganguli has made Virat Kohli’s decision to step down as India’s T20I captain after the World Cup keeping the future road map in mind. Virat Kohli on Thursday said through an official statement on social media that he will step down as T20i captain after the World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in October-November.

Reacting to the decision, Ganguly was quoted by ANI as saying, “He has been a true asset to Indian cricket and has led. He is one of the most successful captains in all formats. The decision has been taken keeping in mind the future roadmap. We thank him for his tremendous performance as T20 captain.”

While the BCCI is yet to announce a replacement for Kohli as India’s T20I captain, Rohit Sharma looks to be one of the likely candidates to take over. Meanwhile, Kohli will continue to lead the team in ODIs and Tests.

“I have decided to step down as T20 captain after this T20 World Cup in Dubai in October. Understanding the workload is a very important thing and considering my immense workload playing all three formats over the last 8-9 years and captaining regularly for the last five to six years, I feel I need to lead the Indian team. You need to give yourself space to be fully prepared for. In Test and ODI cricket,” Kohli said in his statement explaining his decision.

BCCI secretary Jay Shah, who had earlier denied any change in Team India’s captaincy plans, admitted on Thursday that the cricket board was discussing the matter with Kohli.

“We have a clear roadmap for Team India. Keeping the workload in mind and ensuring that we have a smooth transition, Mr. Virat Kohli has decided to step down as T20I captain after the upcoming World Cup,” Shah said.

“I have been in discussions with Virat and the leadership team for the last six months and the decision has been considered. Virat as a player and as a senior member of the team will continue to contribute in shaping the future course of Indian cricket.”

Kohli took over as India’s limited overs captain from MS Dhoni in 2017. He has led India in 45 T20 matches so far, of which the team has won 27 and lost 14. Two matches have been tied while two have no result.