Time and time again things have been happening in the Indian cricket team. Just when everyone got rid of the Test series against England and excitement for the IPL and T20 World Cup is building up, Indian skipper Virat Kohli decided to step down as an Indian skipper from the T20Is. With him stepping down as a skipper, Rohit Sharma is likely to be his successor but several reports have left everyone in shock.
If the news regarding Virat Kohli stepping down as a T20 skipper was not enough, another report has jolted the fans. It is learned as per the reports in PTI, that Kohli went to BCCI and suggested them to remove Rohit Sharma from the role of vice-captain in India’s limited-overs team as the opener is 34 years in age and someone younger player should be handed the responsibility. It is also reported that the current Indian skipper wanted KL Rahul to be his deputy in ODIs and Rishabh Pant in T20Is.
While he announced to step down as a captain of the T20I squad after the ICC event, he will continue to lead the side in Test cricket and ODIs but it is learned that after his suggestions, his captaincy in 50-overs format is under scanner now as the Board is unhappy with his suggestions.
BCCI insider confirmed the same, saying that Virat Kohli knew in the back of his mind that he’ll be removed from the captaincy if a team didn’t do well in T20 World Cup and by stepping down he removed pressure on himself.
“Virat knew that he would have been removed from white ball captaincy. If the team doesn’t do well at the UAE World T20, he was gone for good as far as white-ball leadership is concerned. He just reduced a bit of pressure on himself as it would seem that he is there on his own terms. It might not happen for 50 overs if the performance in T20 hits a downward spiral. This didn’t go down well with the Board which believes that Kohli doesn’t want an actual successor,” BCCI insider told PTI.
The BCCI secretary Jay Shah revealed that BCCI was in discussion with Virat Kohli and the leadership team regarding the captaincy role for the last six months and the final decision has been brought to everyone’s notice.
“We have a clear roadmap for Team India. Considering the workload and ensuring that we have a smooth transition, Virat Kohli has decided to step down as T20I captain after T20 World Cup. I have been in discussion with Virat and the leadership team for the last six months and the decision has been thought through. Virat will continue to contribute as a player and as a senior member of the side in shaping the future course of Indian cricket,” Jay Shah said.