Virat Kohli on Monday said that it was the right time for him to relinquish T20 International captaincy so as to manage his workload after India failed to qualify for the T20 World Cup semi-finals in a disappointing campaign.
India beat minnows Namibia by nine wickets, courtesy half-centuries from Rohit Sharma (56) and KL Rahul (54 not out) in their final Super 12 match to end their campaign on a winning note.
“Relief firstly. As I said it’s been an honour, but things have to be kept in the right perspective,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony when asked about any emotions on stepping down from T20I captaincy.
“This was the right time for me to manage my workload. It’s been six-seven years of intense cricket every time we take the field and it takes a lot out of you.”
Kohli said it has been “great fun” with a “great bunch” of players in the team.
“We’ve really performed well as a team. I know we have not gone far in this World Cup, but we have had some good results in T20 and enjoyed playing together.
“It’s a game of margins, T20 cricket. You talk about two overs of cricket with intent in the first two games and things…