Yesterday, Virat Kohli shocked the entire cricketing fraternity with his announcement to step down as the Indian T20I captain post this year’s T20 World Cup. There were reports that this was bound to happen but they were shut off by many people along with the BCCI officials.
Just few days after BCCI stated that Virat Kohli will continue to lead team India in all three formats, this news would have come as a shock to all the people, even the BCCI.
Reactions after the announcement
Virat Kohli is already one of the most successful captain in cricket. His stature is of the highest level and Kohli is a truly global superstar. Kohli was first awarded the test captaincy in the fag end of 2014 and the limited overs captaincy after MS Dhoni stepped down in 2017.
He reached new heights after becoming the test captain of team India. Thanks to his passion and dedication, India is arguably the best Test team in the world. Kohli also has a very good record as a captain in limited overs cricket. However, he doesn’t have an ICC trophy in his cabinet.
“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,” Kohli said. “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.”
Performance in ICC tournaments
Virat Kohli lead India in a total of 3 ICC tournaments so far, the T20 World Cup this year will be his fourth and last as a captain.
Virat Kohli’s captaincy record
ICC Champions trophy 2017 – Finalists
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 – Semi-finalists
ICC World Test Championship 2019-2021 – Finalists
Under his captaincy, the team managed to make it to the top four and top 2 every time but failed to win the trophy.
Virat Kohli as captain in T20I:
Matches – 45
Wins – 27
Lost – 14
Win % – 65.11
Who is the new captain ?
The BCCI has not announced anyone’s name as the new T20I captain for team India but the front runner is ofcourse Rohit Sharma. It’s a sort of a formality. Everybody knows how good Rohit Sharma is as a T20 captain. His records justify the respect he gets as a captain.
But yesterday, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said,”Virat has been a true asset for Indian Cricket and has led with aplomb,” he said. :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.”
If this decision was taken while keeping the future in mind, then thr BCCI might want to appoint a young captain. Rohit Sharma is currently 34 years old and has 4-5 years of cricket left in him at max. Would he want to take up the captaincy job? There is no answer to that as for now.
If somehow Rohit Sharma doesn’t become the T20I captain after this year’s T20 World Cup, then there are a few players which might have a chance to become the captain. According to us, they might be KL Rahul, Rishab Pant, Shreyas Iyer and Jasprit Bumrah.
What will happen ? Only time will tell. As of now, the only thing we can do, is to celebrate Virat Kohli the T20I captain, in his last few outings.