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Virat Kohli has announced he will step down as India's T20 captain after next month's World Cup.
Reports emerged earlier this week that Kohli would relinquish his role as India's captain in both T20 and ODI formats.
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However the star batsman announced on Thursday that at this stage he is only giving up the T20 captaincy.
"Understanding workload is a very important thing," said Kohli, whose leadership has been the subject of mounting speculation in recent months.
"I feel I need to give myself space to be fully ready to lead the Indian team in Test and ODI Cricket.
"I've decided to step down as the T20 captain after this T20 World Cup in Dubai in October."
The 32-year-old became limited-overs captain when MS Dhoni stepped aside in 2017.
He has faced mounting pressure over his failure to win India either the World Cup or the Champions Trophy.
Jay Shah, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), backed Kohli this week to continue.
"I have given everything to the team during my time as T20 captain and I will continue to do so for the T20 team as a batsman moving forward," said Kohli.
"Of course, arriving at the decision took a lot of time," he explained, adding that he had consulted with India coach Ravi Shastri and opening batsman Rohit Sharma, who is likely to take over as captain.
He also said he had informed Shah, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and the national selectors of his decision.
The BCCI said Kohli "will continue to be available for selection for the T20 format post the upcoming ICC (International Cricket Council) event".
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."
Kohli is set to lead his Indian Premier League side Royal Challengers Bangalore in the T20 tournament which resumes Sunday in the United Arab Emirates after a four-month pandemic suspension.
The T20 World Cup will begin two days after the IPL ends on October 15 in the UAE and Oman, with the final scheduled on November 14.
Sharma has led IPL holders Mumbai Indians to a record five titles, while Kohli's Bangalore are still searching for their maiden crown.
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Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar believes the change in the T20 leadership won't affect a "settled" Indian team.
"It won't have much of an impact on Team India," Gavaskar said on Indian TV channel 'Aaj Tak'.
"Now it's widely reported that Rohit will become the T20 captain due to his IPL record.
"It is a settled group and will take little time for the players, who have been around for a while, to adjust to the change."
Kohli, a prolific top-order batsman, led India to the final of the 2017 Champions Trophy and the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup.
He captained India in a total of 45 T20 matches with 27 wins, 14 losses and two tied games.
As captain he scored 1502 runs, including 12 half-centuries at an average of 48.45 and a strike rate of 143.18.
Kohli will have Dhoni as a mentor of the national side in his first and last outing as captain in the T20 World Cup.
Surely it came as a shock to hear @imVkohli stepping down from the T20 captaincy after the World Cup.
Looking forward to India winning the world cup as it will be a perfect tribute to his captaincy and hope the team carries his legacy forward.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) September 16, 2021
— Rajeev Shukla (@ShuklaRajiv) September 16, 2021
Kohli is sensible to give up T-20 captaincy. He should let go of ODIs too. His greatest achievement as Indian skipper is world domination in Test cricket, the format that really counts. That’s where his next frontiers must lie…
— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) September 16, 2021
The frightening thing for India’s opposition is that #ViratKohli will now solely focus on his batting & release the pressures of captaincy… That would unnerve any attack. 🥵
— Fabian Cowdrey (@fkcowdrey) September 16, 2021
— Vinod Kambli (@vinodkambli349) September 16, 2021
Captain Kohli has decided to give up captaincy of 🇮🇳 in T20Is after the #T20WorldCup in 🇦🇪.
A fearless and selfless leader who always puts the team ahead of himself. 🙌🏻#PlayBold #WeAreChallengers #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/MUpFtxtqTG
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 16, 2021
Virat Kohli to step down as T20 captain, confirmed by the man himself. So much respect, his contribution has been immense. https://t.co/iEOs53ehjq
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) September 16, 2021
Under Virat Kohli, India have won T20I series in
🇱🇰 Sri Lanka
🇿🇦 South Africa
🌴 West Indies
🇳🇿 New Zealand
No Asian team bar India have won T20I series in all the SENA countries. pic.twitter.com/EmFf5DFfVE
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) September 16, 2021
Thanks @imVKohli for your contribution as the #TeamIndia captain. As a young talent the focus and determination you have showed as the captain is unmatched. The most impressive aspect was the way of maintaining balance between captaincy and individual performance.
— Jay Shah (@JayShah) September 16, 2021
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