Just before the Indian cricket team is ready to go to the T20 World Cup, a big shocking decision has come in front of the country. Virat Kohli announced on Thursday that he will step down from the captaincy of the T20 format after the T20 World Cup. However, Virat will continue to captain the team in ODI cricket and Test cricket. Signs of this decision were visible for some time, but no one expected that this announcement would come just before the World Cup.
Still many questions are being raised on this decision of Virat Kohli, but if we look at this decision from every point of view, then how right and how wrong it looks, it will be a matter of note.
How right is Virat Kohli’s decision?
The T20 World Cup of the year 2016 was played by the Indian team under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, which he missed out on winning. Shortly after that MS Dhoni had decided to step down from the captaincy and Virat Kohli had become the full-time captain. If we look at the statistics in ODI and T20 formats, then between 2017 and 2021, the Indian team under the leadership of Virat Kohli has created a lot of history.
But Virat Kohli has not been able to win any major tournament, ICC trophy. Which has been the biggest regret. It is also worth noting that the last time India won an ICC trophy was in 2013, that is, that thing is also going to be a decade. In such a situation, questions were constantly being raised on Virat Kohli, especially about his captaincy in limited overs.
The other aspect is also that Virat Kohli’s bat has been calm for the last 3 years, he has also mentioned that the workload, the pressure of captaincy has remained on him for some time. In such a situation, if Virat Kohli is able to leave the captaincy of one format and focus on his batting, then it can be better for the Indian team.
Virat has only left the captaincy of T20, in such a situation the question was arising that he should have given up the captaincy of ODIs also so that the captains of white ball and red ball could be different. But this decision of Virat proves to be correct even here because there is a 50-over cricket World Cup in 2023, in such a situation, if Virat Kohli leaves the captaincy of that format, then the new captain may take time to form his team.
In such a situation, it is important to go to the World Cup with the captain who has been building the team for a long time. But there is also another aspect that if Virat Kohli’s captaincy does not do any wonders in this T20 World Cup, then the matter may get stuck further.