IPL 2021: RCB Captain Virat Kohli resigns as India's T20 captain, Mumbai Indians Rohit Sharma to take over after T20 World Cup
IPL 2021 - RCB Captain Virat Kohli resigns as India's T20 captain, Mumbai Indians Rohit Sharma to take over after T20 World Cup: India skipper Virat Kohli has decided to step down from T20I captaincy after the ICC T20 World Cup in November this year. Kohli explained his decision to leave the T20I captaincy in a statement on Twitter.
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IPL 2021 - RCB Captain Virat Kohli resigns: The India skipper said he needs to give himself space in order to play all three formats for the country. "I have been fortunate enough to not only represent India but also lead the Indian Cricket Team to my utmost capability. I thank everyone who has supported me in my journey as the Captain of the Indian Cricket Team," Kohli said in a statement.
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RCB Captain Virat Kohli resigns as India's T20 captain, Mumbai Indians Rohit Sharma to take over after T20 World Cup
"I couldn't have done it without them - the boys, the support staff, the selection committee, my coaches, and each and every Indian who prayed for us to win.
"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," he added.
Kohli said he arrived at his decision after discussing with head coach Ravi Shastri and opening batsman Rohit Sharma.
"Of course, arriving at this decision took a lot of time. 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've decided to step down as the T20 Captain after this T20 World Cup in Dubai in October," said Kohli.
"I have also spoken to the secretary Mr Jay Shah and the President of BCCI Mr Sourav Ganguly along with all the selectors about the same. I will continue to serve Indian Cricket and the Indian Team to the best of my ability," he added.
India and Pakistan will be locking horns on October 24 in a group-stage encounter in the T20 World Cup. The tournament will get underway from October 17, with the final to be played in Dubai on November 14.
IPL 2021: RCB Captain Virat Kohli to step down as T20I captain after T20 World Cup, Mumbai Indians Rohit Sharma to takeover
Kohli's Performance as India Captain across all formats
Test Matches - 65 / Won 38
ODI's - 95 / Won 65
T20's - 45 / Won 29
IPL 2021 - Virat Kohli Resigns - Virat Kohli Quit T20 Captaincy: Why Rohit Sharma is a great choice to lead India in T20's & ODI's?
Virat Kohli Resigns - Virat Kohli to quit T20 captaincy - Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma to takeover: Rohit Sharma is a great choice because he without any doubt is the most successful captain in IPL history.
This is no mean achievement. The IPL is the most sought after T20 league in the world with the maximum number of world class players. Rohit has led the Mumbai Indians (MI) to victory in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020.
He took over the reigns from Harbhajan Singh in 2013 and immediately tasted success leading MI to victory beating CSK in the final at the Eden Gardens by 23 runs. From 2013 to 2020, Rohit has led MI to 5 titles and made the playoff 6 times in 8 editions.
IPL 2021 - Virat Kohli Resigns: His record as captain in T20I cricket is even more outstanding. India has won 15 of the 19 matches under Rohit's captaincy in the format. These include victories in the Nidahas tri-series in Sri Lanka in 2018 and a 3-0 series sweep against West Indies at home in 2018.