Virat Kohli made his decision keeping in mind the future roadmap: Sourav Ganguly

Virat Kohli made his decision keeping in mind the future roadmap: Sourav Ganguly

"We have a clear roadmap for Team India," Jay Shah said.

Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Virat Kohli has decided to step down as India’s T20I skipper after the upcoming T20 World Cup. He will continue to play as a batsman in the shortest format of the game and wants to concentrate on leading the team in the Test and ODI formats. Kohli also cited workload from last 8-9 years as one of the reasons for making the decision.

Meanwhile, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah reacted over Kohli’s decision. Ganguly thanked the 32-year-old for his performance while at the helm while Jay Shah clarified that he was in touch with the leadership group of team India over the last six months.

BCCI President, Mr Sourav Ganguly said: “Virat has been a true asset for Indian Cricket and has led with aplomb. He is one of the most successful captains in all the formats. The decision has been made keeping in mind the future roadmap. We thank Virat for his tremendous performance as the T20I Captain.  We wish him all the best for the upcoming World Cup and beyond and hope that he continues to score plenty of runs for India.”

Honorary Secretary, Mr Jay Shah said: “We have a clear roadmap for Team India. Considering the workloads and ensuring that we have smooth transition, Mr Virat Kohli has decided to step down as T20I Captain after the upcoming World Cup. I have been in discussions with Virat and the leadership team for the last six months and the decision has been thought through. Virat will continue to contribute as a player and as a senior member of the side in shaping the future course of Indian cricket.

What did Virat Kohli say?

Team India Captain, Mr Virat Kohli, said: “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 UAE and Oman 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.”