India captain Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma has said that the outgoing T20I captain will be willing to help his replacement, similar to how MS Dhoni helped Kohli.
Kohli, 32, surprised the cricket fraternity on Thursday by posting a statement on social media, confirming that he will step down from the T20I captaincy after the World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
While the BCCI has yet to reveal who will replace Kohli as the leader of the T20I, according to Sharma, the current captain will be more than willing to help his successor.
“The new captain will bring new ideas and new strategies, so it will be interesting to see who is appointed skipper. Like what (MS) Dhoni did, Virat (Kohli) will also like to play the same role and help the new captain. “Sharma told ANI.
The technician added that having made the decision to leave the captaincy of the T20I, Kohli he will be even more determined and focused on winning the next T20 World Cup.
“He will be more determined and focused to win the T20 World Cup, as he will want to leave the T20I captaincy of India on top,” Sharma acknowledged.
Announcing his decision to walk away from the T20I captaincy, Kohli explained that he wanted some space so he could focus on leading the team in Testing and ODI.
“Virat Kohli will want to lead India in the test format for a longer period” – Rajkumar Sharma
Analyzing Kohli’s decision to step down from the T20I captaincy after the World Cup in October-November, Sharma called the move a thoughtful decision.
“It is a thoughtful decision; he had also spoken to me about this. Captaining in three formats puts a player under pressure, and therefore he decided to resign as captain of T20I,” said Sharma.
Kohli’s childhood coach also noted that the cricketer would be willing to lead the team longer in test matches.
“We had been arguing about it as it is a big issue; I was sure of it. Virat loves the trial format, and will want to lead India in trial format for a longer period and also in ODI, so He decided to step down from the T20I captaincy to relieve the pressure, ”Sharma explained.
Although Kohli resigns as captain of the T20I, he has confirmed that he will be available to be selected as a player in the 20+ format.
As captain, Kohli has led India in 45 T20I, winning 27 and losing 14. Two matches were tied and two matches produced no results.