Virat Kohli, batsman and leader of the Indian cricket team, will stand down as T20 captain after the forthcoming T20 World Cup in Dubai this year.

Sharing a post on Twitter, Kohli said, “I have been fortunate enough to not only represent India but also lead the Indian Cricket Team to my utmost capability. I thank everyone who has supported me in my journey as the Captain of the Indian Cricket Team. I couldn’t have done it without them – the boys, the support staff; the selection committee, my coaches and each and every Indian who prayed for us to win.”

He went on to say that understanding workload is critical, and that given his extensive workload over the last 8-9 years playing all three formats and captaining regularly for the last 5-6 years, he believes he needs to give himself space to be fully prepared to lead the Indian team in Test and ODI cricket.

He stated that throughout his time as T20 Captain, he gave all to the team and that as a batsman, he will continue to do so in the future.

Kohli said that he will stand down as T20 Captain after the next T20 World Cup in Dubai in October, following much thought and conversation with those close to him who have been an integral part of the leadership group. He said he has also discussed the matter with BCCI Secretary Jay Shah and BCCI President Sourav Ganguly.

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