Virat Kohli announced on social media on Thursday that he will step down as captain of the Indian T20I team following the end of the ICC T20 World Cup, which is set to take place in the UAE and Oman from October 17 to November 14.
He will continue to captain the squad in Tests and One-Day Internationals.
“I have decided to step down as the T20 captain after this T20 World Cup in Dubai in October,” Kohli wrote in a post that he shared on his social media handles.
For a long time, there has been conjecture regarding Kohli’s future as a white-ball skipper, particularly in light of Rohit Sharma‘s five IPL victories with the Mumbai Indians.
“Understanding workload is a very important thing and considering my immense workload over the last 8-9 years playing all three formats and captaining regularly for last five to six years; I feel I need to give myself space to be fully ready to lead Indian team in Test and ODI cricket”. Kohli said in a statement on his Twitter page.
“I have given my everything to the Team during my time as T20 captain and I will continue to do so for the T20 captain and will continue to do so for the T20 team as a batsman moving forward,” he further added.