Rajeev Shukla and Jay Shah praise Virat Kohli for his decision to step down as T20I captain post T20 World Cup

Kohli will lead India in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021 in UAE.

Virat Kohli | Getty

As Virat Kohli announced that he will relinquish the T20I captaincy of the Indian team after the T20 World Cup 2021 to be played in the UAE in October- November of this year, tributes poured in for the Delhi batsman, who took over from MS Dhoni in 2017 as the leader of the team.

Virat Kohli has been amazing as a captain and led the Indian team to a T20I series win in all the SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand, and Australia) countries, becoming the only Indian captain to do so.

The upcoming T20 World Cup 2021 will be his first and last time captaining India in the T20 ICC event and he would want to make it a moment to remember by winning the whole thing.

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IPL chairman and BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla hailed Kohli’s contributions to the T20I format both as the India captain and as a batsman. Kohli has 3159 runs in 90 T20Is at an average of 52.6 and a strike rate of 139.0.

He tweeted, "Virat Kohli’s contribution to the Indian T20 cricket team as captain was immense. It can never be forgotten. This is his personal decision and  we respect it. @imVkohli

BCCI secretary Jay Shah also took to Twitter and posted, "Thanks @imVKohli for your contribution as the #TeamIndia captain. As a young talent the focus and determination you have shown as the captain is unmatched. The most impressive aspect was the way of maintaining balance between captaincy and individual performance."

India and Pakistan will be locking horns on October 24 in a group-stage encounter in the T20 World Cup.


By Jatin Sharma - 16 Sep, 2021

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