Dubai: Virat Kohli will be looking for a fairytale ending to his leadership of India’s Twenty20 team as he chases an elusive first major title at the World Cup.
The 32-year-old Kohli will step down as T20 skipper after the 16-nation tournament in the United Arab Emirates and Oman, which starts on Sunday.
The prolific run-scorer has also quit as captain of Indian Premier League side Royal Challengers Bangalore and many have welcomed his decision to concentrate more on his batting.
Kohli had been at the centre of growing speculation in recent months as the wait for success grew.
Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan said Kohli can go into the World Cup, that will start for them against Pakistan on October 24, with no pressure and that will be good for the team.
“I think he will enjoy his cricket more now after taking this decision,” Pathan, who played a key role in India’s inaugural triumph in 2007, told AFP.
“India will do well with the side, the confidence and the experience they have.”
Kohli became captain across all formats after MS Dhoni relinquished his limited-overs leadership in 2017. But India have not won a World Cup or Champions Trophy since.
Kohli will still have Dhoni by his side as the former captain, who led India to the T20 title in 2007 and the 50-over crown in 2011, is the team mentor for the tournament.
Kohli was closing in on his India debut when Dhoni’s team created history by winning the first world T20 title in Johannesburg.