Virat Kohli will step down as India's captain for T20 International after the ICC T20 World Cup, scheduled to take place in October-Novemeber this year.
"I've decided to step down as the T20 captain after this T20 World Cup in Dubai in October," Kohli said in a statement posted on his Twitter page.
"Decision to step down from T20 captaincy taken after consulting his close people, head coach Ravi Shastri and Rohit Sharma", Kohli said in a twitter post.
For some time, there has been speculation about Kohli's future as white-ball captain especially in the backdrop of Rohit Sharma's brilliant track record of winning five IPL titles for 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.
Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 16, 2021
"I have given my everything to the Team during my time as T20 captain and will continue to do so for the T20 team as a batsman moving forward," he further added.
The 34-year-old Rohit is Kohli's deputy in the white-ball formats and is most likely to take up the leadership role when India clashes with New Zealand in a home series in November that will feature three T20 Internationals along with two Test matches.
Kohli took over India's limited-overs captaincy in 2017, succeeding Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
The decision, Kohli said, was taken after consulting head coach Ravi Shastri, his heir apparent Rohit, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah.
Virat Kohli captaincy record in T20Is
Kohli has played 90 T20 Internationals scoring 3159 runs with 28 fifties and captained India in 45 of those games winning 27 and losing 14.
The ICC T20 World Cup starts on October 17.
Here's the full text of Virat Kohli's statement on leaving India's T20 captaincy:
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First Published: Thu, September 16 2021. 18:17 IST