It was earlier reported that Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli would step down as white-ball captain after the 2021 ICC T20 world cup. The batsman took his Twitter to announce this message and told that he would step down from India’s T20I captaincy after the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in Oman and the United Arab Emirates. Reports confirm that BCCI didn’t ask Kohli to quit the position, and it was his alone decision. However, he will continue to lead the team in Test cricket and ODIs.
“Understanding workload is a very important thing and considering my immense workload over the last 8-9 years playing all 3 formats and captaining regularly for last 5-6 years, I feel I need to give myself space to be fully ready to lead the Indian Team in Test and ODI Cricket. I have given everything to the Team during my time as T20 Captain and I will continue to do so for the T20 Team as a batsman moving forward,” Kohli tweeted.
Kohli currently has a win-loss ratio of 59.28, which is surprisingly superior to his predecessor’s. Under Kohli, India won 12 series out of 17, lost two, and drew three.
Kohli took over as captain in the shortest format in 2017 after MS Dhoni stepped down from his position and hereafter White-ball vice-captain Rohith Sharma will be the frontrunner to succeed him.
Here are some thrilling victories under Virat Kohli’s leadership:
It was in Second T20I in Sydney in 2020, in the match between Australia vs India, Kohli smashed 40 runs off 24 balls as India defeated Australia by six wickets to win the series. In New Zealand vs India, Third T20I in Hamilton in 2020, Kohli came with a bang with 38 runs off 27 balls to take India to 179 when India was three down for 96 in 11 overs.
The most unforgettable moment of T20I wins under Kohli’s captaincy was the England vs India, Third T20I in Bristol in 2018. India was at a score of 62-2 in the sixth over. Virat Kohli then came out to bat and chasing 199, he could accompany the opening batsman Rohith Sharma with a 29-ball 43 before getting out. India chased down the target with 8 balls left as Kohli added another win to his cap.
Virat Kohli’s captaincy skill got applause several times during his matches and one among those was England vs India, Second T20I in Nagpur in 2017. However, India lost only 14 T20Is under Kohli while two games were tied and two matches had no results.