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Virat Kohli to step down as India T20 captain after World Cup

  • Sep 16, 2021
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Virat Kohli confirmed on Thursday that he will step down as captain of India's T20I team after the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in October-November. The bat star said that he will continue to lead India in Tests and ODI cricket."I've decided to step down as the T20 captain after this T20 World Cup in Dubai in October," Kohli said in a statement that he shared on his social media handles. pic.twitter.com/Ds7okjhj9J— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 16, 2021Virat Kohli has led India in 45 T20I internationals since taking over from MS Dhoni in 2017. He has a winning percentage of 64.44 with 29 victories and 14 defeats.Also Read- ICC mens T20I rankings: Indian captain Virat Kohli moves to No 4, KL Rahul retains sixth spotFor 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.Discussed decision with Ravi Shastri, Rohit Sharma: Virat Kohli"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."I have given my everything to the Team during my time as T20 captain and I will continue to do so for the T20 captain and will continue to do so for the T20 team as a batsman moving forward," he further added.The decision, Kohli said, was taken after consulting head coach Ravi Shastri, his heir apparent Rohit, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah."Of course, arriving at this decision took a lot of time. After a lot of contemplation and discussions with my close people, Ravi bhai and also Rohit, who have been an essential part of the leadership group...," Kohli stated."I have also spoken to the secretary Mr Jay Shah and president of BCCI Mr Sourav Ganguly along with the selectors about the same. I will continue to serve Indian cricket and Indian cricket team to the best of my ability," Kohli said.The T20 World Cup begins on October 17.Also Read- T20 World Cup: Shikhar Dhawan, Yuzvendra Chahal among big names missing from India's 15-man squad

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Make KL Rahul vice-captain, groom him as future leader, says Sunil Gavaskar

  • Sep 17, 2021
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Legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar has asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to groom KL Rahul to be India's next captain.Gavaskar wants to appoint KL Rahul as T20 vice-captain for India, with Rohit Sharma appointed as captain after Virat Kohli decided to leave the captaincy after the T20 World Cup.“It's a good thing that the BCCI is looking ahead. It's important to think ahead,” said Sunil Gavaskar“If India are looking to groom a new captain, then KL Rahul can be looked at. He has performed well. Even now in England, his batting was very good. He has been performing well in IPL and 50-overs cricket as well at the international stage. He can be made vice-captain,” said Gavaskar.Gavaskar praised Karnataka's batsman for his quality of leadership shown in the IPL. Rahul is the captain of Punjab Kings in the IPL.Also Read- Virat Kohli to step down as India T20 captain after World Cup“He has shown very impressive leadership qualities in the IPL. He hasn’t let the burden of captaincy affect his batting. His name can be taken into consideration,” said Gavaskar.The 34-year-old Rohit is Kohli's deputy in the white ball formats and is likely to take the lead role when India meets New Zealand in a home series in November that will feature three T20 Internationals along with two Test matches.Current head coach Ravi Shastri and the tenure of the support staff are coming to an end with the T20 World Cup and as things stand, there are indications that they won't seek an extension.“There is a CAC that will make the decision. If you want to think about the new coach, then you can’t keep talking to the captain. Yes, there needs to be an understanding between the captain and the coach. But you can’t ask a student who his principal or professor can be,” said Gavaskar.Also Read- ICC mens T20I rankings: Indian captain Virat Kohli moves to No 4, KL Rahul retains sixth spot

Ganguly declines to comment on Kohli's

Virat vs BCCI: We'll deal with it, says Ganguly

  • Dec 17, 2021
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New Delhi: Sourav Ganguly decided on Thursday not to add fuel to the fire after Virat Kohli refuted a claim by the head of the British Chamber of Commerce and Industry that he had asked him to remain as the pilot of the T20. "No statement, no press conference. We will take care of this matter and leave it to (Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry)," Ganguly said.Meanwhile, former captain Sunil Gavaskar said he feels Kohli should have made his statement asking him to resign from the T20 captain in a different way and said he was "available" to drive in ODIs and tests. It will stay 'if the selectors want them.Kohli & Co land in SA for three-match Test seriesIndia's cricket team, led by captain Virat Kohli, arrived here on Thursday for the three-match Test series against South Africa starting on December 26 in Centurion. The Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry posted photos of team members, including test specialists Chishwar Pojhara, Chardol Thakur, and Shreyas Iyer on their official Twitter account, "Touchdown South Africa". The test team led by Kohli had left Mumbai for a tour that also included three ODIs in January.Due to the threat posed by the new Covid-19 alternative Omicron, T20 matches from the Tour have been postponed for the time being.No statements or presser; BCCI will deal with it: Ganguly declines to comment on Kohli's bombshell PCCalcutta: A day after India's test leader Virat Kohli publicly denied it, Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief Saurav Ganguly declined to comment on the matter, saying the board would take care of the matter.Kohli, during his pre-departure press conference ahead of the South Africa tour, said he was never asked to remain as captain of the T20 when he announced his intention to resign.This was in contrast to Ganguly's statement a few days ago in which Kohli was asked not to resign."No statement, no press conference. We will take care of this matter and leave it to (Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry)," Ganguly told local media on Thursday.There was talk that the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry asked Chairman Mukhtar Chetan Sharma to address the media after Kohli's explosive press conference, but the board ultimately declined to comment on that.Kohli's comments on Wednesday highlighted the underlying tension in his relationship with the directors.Kohli had explicitly referenced Ganguly's statement saying, "Whatever was said about the connection, what happened with the decision, it was wrong."He said: 'When I left the T20 captain, I first called the International Chamber of Commerce and informed them of my decision and made my point clear to them.He said, "I gave my reason for wanting to resign from T20 leadership and my approach was very well received. There were no offenses, no hesitation, and not once did I say 'You shouldn't resign the T20 captain.'" "Earlier, Ganguly said in an interview with PTI that he spoke to Kohli and told him that having two captains in key ball coordination is not something the selectors want because "there will be a lot of leadership".previews post - Virat Kohli change his plans and play ODIs in South Africa