India star batsman announced that he’ll step down as T20 captain after the ICC Twenty20 World Cup.
Virat Kholi took to twitter to make the announcement. In a statement, he explained: “I have been fortunate enough to not only represent India, but also lead the Indian cricket team to my utmost capability.
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“I thank everyone who has supported me in my journey as the captain of the Indian cricket team. I couldn’t have “done it without them – the boys, the support staff, the selection committee, my coaches and each Indian who prayed for us to win.
“Understanding workload is an essential thing and considering my immense workload over the last eight-nine years playing all three formats and captaining regularly for the last five-six years, I feel I need to give myself space to be fully ready to lead the Indian Team in Test and ODI Cricket.
“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.
“Of course, arriving at this decision took a lot of time. After a lot of contemplation and discussions with my close people, Ravi bhai [Shastri] and also Rohit [Sharma], who have been an essential part of the leadership group, I’ve decided to step down as the T20 captain after this T20 World Cup in Dubai in October.
“I have also spoken to the secretary Mr. Jay Shah and the President of BCCI Mr Sourav Ganguly along with all the selectors about the same. I will continue to serve Indian Cricket and the Indian team to the best of my ability.”
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The 32-year-old said he will be available for selection in 20-over cricket, but only as a batsman.
Kholi has registered 3159 runs and 28 half-centuries in his T20 career to his name thus far.