Virat Kohli to quit T20I & ODI captaincy after T20 WC

When it comes to India’s limited-overs team, captain Virat Kohli is expected to step down and give over the reins to Rohit Sharma. Kohli is India’s current captain across all forms, and he has established himself as one of the game’s all-time greats.

According to a BCCI source, Rohit will take over as captain, at least in T20Is, given his experience as a stand-in skipper and his success in the IPL, when he led Mumbai Indians to five titles. However, once the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup concludes in the United Arab Emirates, Kohli may be able to focus on his batting.

Kohli has spent a lot of time with Rohit Sharma and the team management in the last several months, especially following Team India’s victory in Australia, which happened to coincide with Kohli’s fatherhood. “Virat will make the announcement himself. He believes he needs to focus on his batting and return to his former status as the best batsman in the world”, the BCCI source stated.

As Team India prepares for two World Cups – T20 and ODI – in 2022 and 2023, Kohli believes his batting needs more time and momentum in all formats. Kohli’s captaincy in all three formats is becoming too much for him to manage, and it’s hurting his batting.

Kohli’s captaincy has been questioned for his failure to win a major ICC title since taking over the reins of the squad. Recently India also lost in the final of the World Test Championship, further fueling the debate. According to the TOI, Kohli, Rohit, and the India team management have met in recent months to discuss the change of guard, at least in white-ball cricket.

Rohit has not had many opportunities to lead India in limited overs cricket, but he has always performed admirably when given the opportunity. Under his guidance, India has won eight of ten One-Day Internationals, including the Asia Cup in Dubai in 2018. In T20I cricket, his record as skipper is much better. Under Rohit’s captaincy, India has won 15 of the 19 matches under the format.