After some rumours and talks in the air, it is now officially confirmed that India’s most successful cricket captain Virat Kohli will step down from T20 captaincy after the T20 World Cup. Kohli himself announced the decision. He said immense workload as the reason for stepping down. It is clear from Kohli’s statement that he wants to focus more on his batting and move forward in his career.
Kohli: Unparalleled performance as Captain
Kohli’s career stats proved that even in his worst form he still had a place in ICC Ranking. In T20 rankings, Kohli is placed at No.5. Kohli is the only Indian Batsman to be in the Top 10 list for all three formats. His consistency in all three formats makes him the best batsman of the decade. In T20I format, Kohli has led India 45 times, won 27 times and lost 14 games. His stats prove that captaincy pressure never affected his performances in the crease, but Kohli had been criticised many times for many wrong decisions he made. No doubt that Kohli has been one of the most successful captains the team ever had. He moulded many young players, gave them many opportunities and chances even though they were going through their tough times. Kohli built a strong aggressive pace line-up for the team. We saw the pace attack of the team in the recent test matches with England. Virat’s Contributions to the team is commendable.
Highlights of Kohli’s Leadership in T20I Formats
India is yet to win an ICC trophy under Kohli but the team’s series wins under him in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, England and West Indies will remain the highlights of his leadership tenure that started in 2017:
- In 2018, India managed to beat a formidable England team in its own backyard with the series result being 2-1.
- Perhaps the biggest overseas triumph came in New Zealand in the 2019-20 season with Kohli’s team trouncing the Black Caps 5-0 before going on to lose the subsequent ODI and Test series.
- In 2020, India bounced back after losing the ODI series in Australia to win the T20 2-1.
- In 2021, India beat England at home 3-2 and Kohli was named the player of the series.
- Kohli remains the leading-run scorer in T20Is with 3,159 runs at an impressive average of 52.65 and the highest score of 94 not out.
Rohit’s chance of holding the baton
Many other teams in the world, like England — Joe Root and Eoin Morgan — and Australia — Tim Paine and Aaron Finch — have specialist captains for their Test teams and limited-overs teams. Just like that this might be an opportunity for Rohit Sharma to lead the team for a while. So that we can see the Hitman- King Captaincy combo, where they play at their best. Rohit’s T20 captaincy stats are excellent, he led India to 15 victories in 19 games. Also, Rohit is the most successful IPL captain, as he won 5 IPL trophies for Mumbai Indians. MI players dominate the T20 squad for the coming World Cup. With few days to begin the second phase of IPL, this is the best chance for Rohit to get a hold and save his seat to lead the team.