Virat Kohli says now: T20 World Cup: After India’s poor campaign in which they failed to qualify for the quarterfinals, Virat Kohli claimed it was the perfect moment for him to step down as captain of the T20 International team in order to manage his workload.
Virat Kohli says now: After India’s poor campaign in which they failed to qualify for the T20 World Cup semifinals, Virat Kohli declared on Monday that it was the perfect moment for him to relinquish T20 International captaincy in order to manage his workload. In their final Super 12 match, India defeated Namibia by nine wickets, thanks to half-centuries from Rohit Sharma (56) and KL Rahul (54 not out), to complete their campaign on a high note. “First and foremost, there is relief. As I said it’s been an honour, but things have to be kept in the right perspective,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony when asked about any emotions on stepping down from T20I captaincy.
“It was the ideal time for me to take control of my workload. Every time we take the field. It’s been six-seven years of tough cricket, and it takes a lot out of you.”
Kohli described the experience as “wonderful fun” with a “fantastic bunch” of teammates. “As a group, we’ve done exceptionally well.” I know we haven’t progressed far in this. World Cup, but we’ve had some good T20 results and have had fun playing together.
“T20 cricket is a game of margins. In the first two games, you speak about two overs of cricket with intent, and things could have gone differently. As I previously stated, we lacked the necessary bravery. We are not a team that will accept tosses as an excuse.”
He praised the work of outgoing head coach Ravi Shastri and other support staff to Indian cricket.
“A big thank you to all those gentlemen; they’ve done an incredible job keeping the group together all these years.” They were an extended part of our larger family, so it was a great environment with them around.
“They’ve also made a significant contribution to Indian cricket. From all of us, a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of them.”
“That’s never going to change,” he responded when asked if he would maintain the same on-field effort as a player. If I can’t do it, I’m not going to play any more. Even when I wasn’t captain, I was always interested in seeing how the game progressed.
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