With the end of team India’s World Cup campaign, came to an end, Virat Kohli’s long and successful stint of captaining the Indian T20 side. India sure did win in the match against Namibia, but Virat would have liked a better end to this part of his cricketing career.
It also marks the end of the coaching tenure of Ravi Shastri. With Rahul Dravid appointed, and a new captain in form of Rohit Sharma, India’s T20I fortunes will be interesting to observe over the next 12 months.
Many of the fans wanted to see Virat Kohli bat in his last match as the skipper but that did not happen as after a great start from Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, the next batsman that came in was SK Yadav.
These three were enough to chase a target of 133 and Kohli revealed why he did not come out to bat in the post match press conference.
“Surya didn’t get much game time in this World Cup, so I thought it will be a nice memory to take back. That was the idea.”
It’s been a honor but things need to be kept at the right perspective- Virat Kohli
Skipper Kohli defined his term as a captain as honourable but he also felt that it was a necessary step to take to manage his work load effectively.
“Relief firstly (on leaving T20I captaincy). It’s been a honor but things need to be kept at the right perspective. I felt this was the right time to manage my workload. It’s been six or seven years of heavy workload and there is a lot of pressure. The guys have been fantastic, I know we haven’t got the results here but we have played some really good cricket.”
“The guys have really made my work easier. The way we played the last three games, it’s a game of margins – T20 cricket these days. Two overs of attacking cricket at the top is what we were missing in the first two games. As I said, we weren’t brave enough in those games and in the group we were in, it was tough.” – Concluded Kohli