Virat Kohli has announced that he will step down as T20I captain after the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup, scheduled to take place in the UAE and Oman starting October 17. Ever since reports have come up that senior cricketers were miffed with Kohli and expressed reservations to ply under his leadership.
As per reports, it happened after India’s eight-wicket loss to New Zealand at in the final of the World Test Championship at the Rose Bowl back in June. Reportedly, two senior cricketers had raised the matter with Jay Shah, the Honorary Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), over the harsh treatment they received.
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Incidentally, India succumbed to a heavy defeat against New Zealand in that title clash in the wake of a batting collapse.
If reports are to be believed true, Virat Kohli pulled up Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane inside the dressing room and the incident seemed to have given rise to the big problem.
Virat Kohli to step down as RCB skipper after IPL 2021
After stepping down as T20I captain, Virat Kohli has also announced that he will relinquish the leadership duties of Royal Challengers Bangalore at the end of IPL 2021. Kohli, who took over the charge in 2013 is yet to win a title for the Royal Challengers.
“I spoke to the management this evening, it was something that was in my mind for a while. This will be my last IPL as captain of RCB. I’ll continue to be an RCB player till I play my last IPL game. I thank all the RCB fans for believing in me and supporting me,” Kohli said.
Virat Kohli to step down from RCB captaincy after #IPL2021
“This will be my last IPL as captain of RCB. I’ll continue to be an RCB player till I play my last IPL game. I thank all the RCB fans for believing in me and supporting me.”: Virat Kohli#PlayBold #WeAreChallengers pic.twitter.com/QSIdCT8QQM
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“I want to be able to be committed to the responsibilities that I am fulfiling and I felt I needed the space to be fresh, to regroup and be absolutely clear in how I want to move forward. It’s been a great journey of nine years, with moments of joy and frustration, happiness and sadness,” he added.