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Updated on: Thursday, September 16, 2021, 06:18 PM IST

Virat Kohli to relinquish T20 captaincy after ICC T20 World Cup, says 'need to give myself space'

Virat Kohli to relinquish T20I captaincy after ICC T20 World Cup, says 'need to give myself space' | Photo by AFP

Virat Kohli to relinquish T20I captaincy after ICC T20 World Cup, says 'need to give myself space' | Photo by AFP

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In a shocking development, Virat Kohli on Thursday said he will step down as India's T20I captain after ICC T20 World Cup.

Taking to social media, Kohli said he feels the need to give himself space to be fully ready to lead the Indian Team in Test matches and ODIs. "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.

Check out the full statement:

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. 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.

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. 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.

Meanwhile, 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.

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Published on: Thursday, September 16, 2021, 06:19 PM IST
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