Xtra Time Web Desk: Virat Kohli on Thursday decided to step down as India’s captain for T20 International after the ICC T20 World Cup, which is scheduled for next month in the UAE. Kohli announced his decision by sharing a statement on his social media handles. There has been speculation for some time about Kohli’s future as cue captain, especially against the backdrop of Rohit Sharma’s stellar record of winning five IPL titles for Mumbai Indians.
The 34-year-old Rohit, who was Kohli’s substitute in the white ball formats, is most likely to take the lead when India clashes with New Zealand in November’s home series, with three T20 Internationals and two Test matches.
Kohli took over the India captaincy in 2017, succeeding Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
As for the vice-captain, the BCCI is in no rush to announce the name. It is taught that there are three possible choices. Front runner is KL Rahul who has been the captain of Punjab Kings in IPL. Besides being a solid batsman, Rahul has a cool head on his shoulder. Second in line is Rishabh Pant, who was officially named as captain on Thursday for the remainder of the second leg of IPL 2021 in the UAE. If the Delhi wicketkeeper batsman can lead his franchise to its first IPL title, he will be the top contender. Another name that goes in circles and could be the dark horse is Jasprit Bumrah.