Virat Kohli resigns: Irfan Pathan questions Virat Kohli’s timing of resignation: India captain Virat Kohli’s sudden decision to step down as the T20I captain has surprised many and former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan is one of them. While he welcomed his decision, the timing of it has left him stunned. India will play in the T20 World Cup next month in Oman and the UAE while another T20 WC will be followed in Australia next year. Pathan said the timing surprised him.
“The timing of the announcement has definitely surprised me because you normally take such calls after a tournament. I wonder what will happen if we go to win the T20 World Cup,” Irfan Pathan told Sportstar.
On Thursday, skipper Virat Kohli announced that he will step down as India captain from the shortest format after the T20 World Cup 2021 in Oman and UAE that starts next month. In the post, he said the burden of captaining the side in all three formats has led him to take this crucial decision.
Virat Kohli’s record of leading team India in T20Is has been good so far. Kohli has led India in 45 matches winning 27 and losing 14 while two matches have ended in no results and two have been tied. Kohli is India’s second most successful T20 captain in terms of wins after former skipper MS Dhoni.
“He has been a wonderful leader and we have seen what he can do in Test cricket in terms of leadership. There will obviously be questions of him not winning ICC tournaments, but I am sure he has taken the decision after a lot of thought. It is not an easy decision for anyone, but I hope that for the legacy of Virat, we win this World Cup. I hope he can finish it in style by winning the title,” Pathan further added.
Virat Kohli’s captaincy had been under the radar for some time now especially because of no title wins in any of the ICC events. While Kohli stressed over the workload for his decision to quit the T20I captaincy, the talks will certainly start in the cricketing world over his decision if India wins the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021.
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