After a shocking World Cup exit, a lot of questions have been raised over the team management. There were many controversial decisions in the semis, but the biggest of them was of number four. The Indian team couldn’t find an ideal player for this spot throughout their preparation stages. But they would like to forget all this and focus on the World Test Championship and the T20 World Cup to be held next year in Australia.
However, it would be interesting to see if Virat Kohli, the best batsman in the world, would continue to play the shortest format of the game. Though he is the top batsman in both ODIs and Tests, he has been ignoring the shortest format of the game for quite a while now. He was once at the top spot in this format but has slipped to 18th now, due to the deduction in points for not playing games. Therefore, it remains interesting to see whether he decides to step down and allows other players to take the guard.
Let us take a few possible reasons that might turn out to be the cause for his retirement:
1. Increasing workload
Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Virat is a role model for many youngsters, who want to achieve the supreme level of fitness. You would never find him compromising with his diet, training and anything else. But at 30, every player starts having some issues with his fitness and injuries. There have been many players, whose careers have faded away due to not being able to manage their workload well.
Virat would never like to compromise on the other two formats of the game, just because of his fitness. He has been skipping some games to manage workload, and more often than not, they have been T20Is only. He is not likely to be the part of the upcoming Windies T20I series as well, which gives a hint over the fact that he might prefer to permanently leave the format.
2. Split captaincy
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Kohli is an alpha male who would never like to play under any other skipper. After the World Cup snub, a lot of experts have criticized his captaincy skills, asking Rohit Sharma to take over the reins in the limited-overs cricket. This argument has been built over the fact that Kohli has never won any IPL title, whereas Rohit has won 4.
Since Virat Kohli has not been playing in T20Is, Rohit has been the captain of the team. He has done quite well as well. With the rumours spreading over players being divided over their choice of captains, Kohli might decide to step down for the good of the Indian team. While he might lead the team in the Tests and ODIs, Rohit might be the chief to prepare a strong and young team for the T20 World Cup.
3. To focus on Tests and ODIs
Virat Kohli. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
India has a hectic schedule ahead, with the inaugural World Test Championship being one of them. And Virat would not like to leave any stone unturned to get India crowned as the champions of this tournament. To focus on this, he might decide to step down.
Since mid-2017, Virat has missed four T20I series out of the 12 played by India. On the other hand, he has never missed any Test series. This proves that he has an unfazed love for the red-ball cricket, something for which he can sacrifice anything.
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