Virat Kohli, on Thursday, has announced that he will step down as the captain of the Indian T20I cricket team. 

Virat Kohli said that he would step down as T20I captain of the Indian cricket team at the end of the ICC T20 World Cup in UAE and Oman. 

The T20I cricket world cup will be held from October 17 to November 14. 

Kohli’s move surprised fans, cricketers and pundits alike. 

I’ve decided to step down as T20 Captain after this T20 World Cup in Dubai in October,” Virat Kohli said in a statement. 

He added: “I will continue to serve Indian Cricket and Indian team to the best of my ability.” 

The 32-year-old star cricketer said stepping down from the position would allow him to focus on being “fully ready” to lead the Indian team in Tests and ODIs. 

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Kohli has played 90 T20Is for India, and captained them in 45 of those matches, leading the side to victory in 27 of them. 

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Meanwhile, BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly said: “Virat has been a true asset for Indian Cricket and has led with aplomb. He is one of the most successful captains in all the formats. The decision has been made keeping in mind the future roadmap. We thank Virat for his tremendous performance as the T20I Captain.  We wish him all the best for the upcoming World Cup and beyond and hope that he continues to score plenty of runs for India.” 

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