Indian Cricketer and Skipper Virat Kohli recently announced via Twitter that he will be stepping down from the position of Captain after the T20 World Cup scheduled to take place in October in Dubai.
Kohli took to Twitter and released the following statement:
Kohli was appointed the vice-captain of the ODI team in 2012 and handed over the Test captaincy following Mahendra Singh Dhoni‘s Test retirement in 2014. In early 2017, he became the limited-overs captain as well after Dhoni stepped down from the position. In ODIs, Kohli has the second-highest number of centuries and the highest number of centuries in run-chases in the world. He holds the world record for being the fastest batsman to 8,000, 9,000, 10,000, 11,000, and 12,000 runs in ODI cricket. He also holds the world record of being fastest to 23,000 international runs. Among Indian batsmen, Kohli has the best ever Test rating (937 points), ODI rating (911 points), and T20I rating (897 points).
The Indian cricket team has played 45 Twenty-20 matches under Kohli’s reign and has secured 27 victories and 14 losses, with a win percentage of 65.11. With Kohli’s departure, the charge can be led by Rohit Sharma. He has been the most successful captain in IPL T-20 and has been the defending champion. Which can be an interesting choice for a skipper.
Kohli has been the recipient of many awards such as the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Cricketer of the Year) in 2017 and 2018; ICC Test Player of the Year 2018; ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2012, 2017, and 2018 and Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World in 2016, 2017 and 2018. He was given the Arjuna Award in 2013, the Padma Shri under the sports category in 2017, and the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna, the highest sporting honor in India, in 2018. Kohli is ranked as one of the world’s most famous athletes by and one of the most valuable athlete brands by Forbes. In 2018, Time magazine named Kohli one of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2020, Kohli was ranked 66th in Forbes list of the top 100 highest-paid athletes in the world for the year 2020 with estimated earnings of $26 million.