Virat Kohli decided to quit T20I captaincy – Ganguly surprised on hearing


BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said he is surprises by Virat Kohli’s decision. Virat Kohli decided to quit the T20I captaincy. Ganguly insists that the Indian cricket board did not put pressure on Kohli. Giving up captaincy was Kohli’s own decision.

Speaking at Salaam Cricket 2021. Sourav Ganguly said he understood the reasoning behind Virat Kohli’s decision to give up captaincy from the shortest format. Ganguly highlighted that it’s not easy leading a country like India in all 3 formats for such a long time. Captains in the past including himself, have felt burnt out at one particular point in time.

Virat Kohli Decided to Quit – T20 World Cup 2021

He make an announcement last month. Virat Kohli decided t quit India’s T20I captaincy after the World Cup in the UAE. He cited workload concerns. Virat said his focus will be on leading India in ODI’s and Tests. He would continue to play as a batsman in the shortest format of the game.

Notably, days after announcing the said decision, Kohli said he would give up the Indian Premier League captaincy as well. Kohli ended his reign as the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore without a title in the IPL as the former finalists were knocked out in the play-offs.

Kohli will lead India at the T20 World Cup but the showpiece event in the UAE will be his last assignment as captain of the Indian T20I side.

“I was surprise that Virat Kohli decide to step down as T20 captain. This decision must have been taken only after the England tour and it is his decision. There was no pressure from our end, we didn’t tell him anything,” Ganguly told India Today.

“We don’t do things like that because I myself have been a player so I understand. It is very difficult to be a captain in all formats for this long.

“I was a captain for six years, it looks good from the outside, there is respect and all that. But you get burnt out on the inside and it happens to any captain. Not just to Tendulkar or Ganguly or Dhoni or Kohli but to the captain that will come up next as well. It is a tough job.”

Virat Kohli is a human, not a machine: Ganguly

Meanwhile, Ganguly also brushed aside concerns over Virat Kohli’s dip in form, saying every player, even the greatest in the business, will go through lean periods in their long careers.

“This happens (dip in Kohli’s form). Virat has been playing for about 11 years, not every season can be great. He is human not a machine. So I am not surprise. His graph has gone up so high, then it came down, then it went even higher and that is when you see a player like Virat. If you play for a long time this sort of up and down will happen,” he added.

Kohli will lead India in their T20 World Cup opener against Pakistan on Sunday, October 24. The team will be hoping that their captain, who hasn’t hit an international hundred since 2019, will be back at his best with the bat.

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