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Kohli to quit as T20 captain

Virat Kohli will quit as captain of the Indian Twenty20 side after the upcoming World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman, the player said yesterday. Kohli, also the team’s batting mainstay, cited the need to balance his workload as he vacated the role which is likely to go to his deputy Rohit Sharma. “...considering my immense workload over the last 8-9 years playing all 3 formats and captaining regularly for the last 5-6 years, I feel I need to give myself space to be fully ready to lead the Indian team in test and ODI cricket,” Kohli said in a statement issued on Twitter. “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 going forward.” The 32-year-old said he consulted, among others, Sharma before taking the decision. India is yet to win an ICC trophy under Kohli, while his Royal Challengers Bangalore team continues to chase its maiden Indian Premier League title. Sharma is IPL’s most successful captain, having led Mumbai Indians to five IPL titles.


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