Social media went abuzz on Monday when there were reports of Kohli stepping down from Indian T20 captaincy and Rohit Sharma taking over. After a couple of hours of the rumour, BCCI managed to silence the hearsays without much ado.
Fast forward the timeline by four days and Kohli himself penned a beautiful letter to announce his renouncement from the captaincy in the shortest format of the game. There were wild rumours of Kohli willing to focus on his batting and that is why he wanted to relinquish white-ball captaincy. However, for the time being, he chose to let go of the T20 captaincy as Rohit Sharma will be taking care of affairs after the World Cup in Dubai.
Virat Kohli’s letter to everyone thanking them for their immense support
In his letter, he thanked his team members, his support staff, Ravi Shastri and Rohit Sharma for supporting him all along. However, he claimed that renouncing the T20 captaincy in the shortest format of the game will open up space for his batting and he will continue being the skipper of ODI and Test cricket.
Virat Kohli to step down from India's T20I captaincy.
Welcome our new T20 Captain #RohitSharma pic.twitter.com/q2usLWKPMZ
— gandhar.03 (@GandharBakre) September 16, 2021
King #Kohli @imVkohli announces that he'll step down as the Indian T20i captain after this #T20WorldCup. He'll continue as the Indian captain for the Test & ODI formats 👍 #ViratKohli
— Kaushik LM (@LMKMovieManiac) September 16, 2021
Virat Kohli captaincy record in T20I :
Matches – 45
Won – 27
Lost – 14
Tied – 2
Winning % – 65.11
Series win in Australia
Series win in England
Series win in New Zealand
Series win in West Indies
Series win in South AfricaAdvertisement
One of the Greatest T20I captain ever. pic.twitter.com/5kPrmFJvRz
— Diwakar Kumar¹⁸ (@diwakarkumar47) September 16, 2021
India under the captaincy of Virat Kohli (across all formats) –
One of the finest ever to represent India across all the formats pic.twitter.com/O7GWzKs9Ew
— KH SAKIB (@Crickettalks91) September 16, 2021
Past 1 year I mean from last season Kohli as Captain improved a lot I mean this season he was superb (leading RCB) his batting which went downhill (in IPL ) …. Never thought he would leave the captaincy after T20 world cup … Thought he would captain for next 4 ICC event .
— Sai (@akakrcb6) September 16, 2021
🇮🇳 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Ds7okjhj9J
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 16, 2021
Kohli’s records as a captain have been extremely illustrious as in ODI’s he has managed to lead India to 65 victories from the 95 games that he has been a part of. He has lost 27 and tied 1 while the other two have been washed away. In Test cricket, he has managed to captain the Indian cricket team on 65 occasions out of which he has ushered the team to 38 victories, losing 16 in the process.
Kohli and Rohit’s comparison as a captain in the shortest format of the game
His records in T20 cricket have been equally bedazzling as he has captained India in 45 T20I’s, winning 27 of them while losing 14. Rohit Sharma, on the contrary, has played 19 T20I’s as a captain winning 15 out of them.
It will be massive boots for the Indian hitman to fulfill even though his preceding records say that he is already up for the task. Twitter was overwhelmed with mixed reactions as Kohli made such an important call just ahead of the T20 World Cup.
For Virat fans,
Anyway he wouldn't have been playing that format regularly, I Guess He Would Retire from it too.
As He Says
" Fully Ready To Lead in ODIs & Tests "
Let's wish him the Best There. 13 Years Of Workload Isn't That Easy!
Skipper @imVkohli , you have my respect.Advertisement
— Klaus (@WhiteDevil18_) September 16, 2021
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"I don't believe in split captaincy. For the team there has to be only one leader. Split captaincy doesn't work in India, I wanted Virat to ease into the job. There is no wrong decision in it"#MSDhoni | @MSDhoni | @ImVkohli
— MSDian™ (@ItzThanesh) September 16, 2021
Shocking news for me as a Die Hard Virat Kohli Fan 🥺 StepDown T20 captaincy after t20 wc 💔 pic.twitter.com/4ncCC3XFMe
— Abhishek Kumar (@abhishek_itmi) September 16, 2021
"Of course, arriving at this decison took a lot of time. After a lot of contemplation and discussion with my close people, Ravi Bhai and also Rohit Sharma, who have been an essential part of the leadership group." – Virat Kohli
— CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) September 16, 2021
Best wishes for the T20 World Cup. I am sure you will bring glory to the country.
— Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) September 16, 2021
With Virat Kohli stepping down as the captain of T20, Rohit Sharma likely to lead India in the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 16, 2021