Kohli praised for "unselfish decision" after stepping down as India T20 captain

Virat Kohli has been praised for his decision to step down as India 's T20 captain after the upcoming World Cup by former England skipper Michael Vaughan.

Kohli will remain captain in Test match and ODI cricket and penned an emotional statement, citing his "immense workload" as the chief reason behind his decision.

Vaughan labelled it a "very unselfish decision", writing on Instagram : "Well Done … that’s a very unselfish decision & also one which will give you some nice space to hopefully relax a little away from all the pressures".

Kohli has captained India across all formats since 2017, having first taken over the Test captaincy in 2014.

The 32-year-old will still play T20Is for India as a batsman, explaining: "I have been fortunate enough to not only represent India but also lead the Indian Cricket Team to my utmost capability.

"I thank everyone who has supported me in my journey as the Captain of the Indian Cricket Team.

"I couldn't have done it without them – the boys, the support staff, the selection committee, my coaches and each and every Indian who prayed for us to win.

"Understanding workload is a very important thing and considering my immense workload over the last 8-9 years playing all 3 formats and captaining regularly for 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.

"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.

"Of course, arriving at this decision took a lot of time. After a lot of contemplation and discussions with my close people, Ravi bhai and also Rohit, who have been an essential part of the leadership group, I've decided to step down as the T20 Captain after this T20 World Cup in Dubai in October.

"I have also spoken to the secretary Mr Jay Shah and the President of BCCI Mr Sourav Ganguly along with all the selectors about the same.

"I will continue to serve Indian Cricket and the Indian Team to the best of my ability."

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