India skipper Virat Kohli is set to step down as T20I captain after the conclusion of the upcoming international Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s T20I World Cup. The mega event, to be held in Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in September and October, is also Kohli’s first T20I World Cup as captain. The cricketer announced this on Thursday.
In a strongly worded letter on Twitter, Kohli said that he has decided to handle his workload and focus on his batting. After the shocking announcement, there are many speculations and rumors doing the rounds on the internet.
And, now, former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar has also joined the bandwagon as he believes Kohli to resign from the T20I captaincy due to all the speculations about his leadership doing the rounds in the media over the last six months. Gave. Gavaskar even claimed that someone must have indicated to Kohli that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the national selectors are not “impressed” by his white-ball captaincy.
“There has been a lot of talk for the last six months on his white-ball captaincy. He may have got an indication that the BCCI and the selectors are not impressed with his white-ball captaincy.
In his letter, Kohli also said that he will continue to lead the Indian men’s team in Tests and ODIs. Sharing his opinion on Kohli’s decision, Gavaskar said that it is now up to the selectors whether they want to continue with Kohli as the ODI captain or hand over the reins to someone else.
However, the 72-year-old said that there are no questions about Kohli’s Test captaincy and that he should continue as the Indian captain in the longest format of the game.
Meanwhile, following Kohli’s announcement, several past and present cricketers have expressed their desire to see Kohli lift the ICC Men’s T20I World Cup so that the talismanic captain can sign in style.