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Jay Shah thanks Kohli, Bhogle hopes Virat to find peace with decision to step down from T-20 captaincy

New Delhi : Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Jay Shah thanked Indian Cricket captain Virat Kohli on Thursday for the contribution he has made to the team India during his captaincy after the cricketer announced to quit captainship from T-20 format earlier in the day.

“Thanks @imVKohli for your contribution as the #TeamIndia captain. As a young talent the focus and determination you have showed as the captain is unmatched. The most impressive aspect was the way of maintaining balance between captaincy and individual performance,” Shah wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile popular Indian cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle hoped that Virat’s decision provides him the rest he needs.

“Virat’s intensity was insane. I had thought he would give up the captaincy of #RCB which would give him two months off as leader. Hopefully this can give his mind the rest it needs and who knows, find him another peak as a T20 batsman,” Bhogle wrote on Twitter.

In a surprise move, Kohli announced on Thursday evening to step down as the captain of T-20 team after ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 to begin from October 1 in Dubai. However, he will continue to lead the team in Test cricket and ODIs.

Former captain of the Indian cricket team, Kapil Dev called Kohli’s decision “surprising”. However, he appealed to respect the choice made by Kohli.

“I was surprised by the decision made by Kohli. It was his personal choice and we ought to respect that,” Dev said.

Meanwhile, Rajeev Shukla, vice president, BCCI, said the cricket board respects the decision made by Kohli.

“Virat Kohli’s contribution to the Indian T20 cricket team as captain was immense. It can never be forgotten. This is his personal decision and we respect it,” he stated.

In a statement released on Twitter, Kohli said that the decision to relinquish T20 captaincy was taken after consulting people close to him, head coach Ravi Shastri and teammate Rohit Sharma.

“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 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.

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