Virat Kohli should not leave the captaincy of the other two formats, Test and ODIs, after his final T20I as captain on Monday, according to former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag.

Virat Kohli’s T20I captaincy came to an end when India finished the Super 12s stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 with a convincing nine-wicket win against Namibia in Group 2. Kohli declared before the start of the ongoing T20 World Cup that he will be standing down as India’s T20I captain.

With India’s opening two matches in the showcase event ending in devastating defeats against Pakistan and New Zealand, there were questions over Kohli’s future as captain in the other two formats as well. Sehwag, on the other hand, has come to Kohli’s defence. “This is Virat’s decision, but I don’t believe he should relinquish captaincy in the other two formats. It is entirely up to him if he wishes to play solely as a player. I believe India is playing well under his leadership, and his track record as a captain is outstanding “, on his official Facebook page, Sehwag responded to a fan’s inquiry about Kohli’s decision to step down as captain.

“He’s a good player who also happens to be an aggressive captain who leads from the front. I emphasise that his decision to leave or not leave the captaincy in ODIs and Tests should be his own”. He went on to say that Team India should reflect on their poor performance in ICC competitions, according to Sehwag. The last time India won an ICC trophy was in 2013.

“I understand that we should support the team through difficult times, but we haven’t won a significant ICC competition in a long time. India should seriously consider it. Winning bilateral series is one thing, but winning international tournaments repeatedly is what people remember you for “, according to Sehwag.