Virat Kohli will step down as captain of India’s T20 sqaud after the T20 World Cup. He will continue to play as a batsman.
Kohli made the announcement himself. He said that the workload of being captain in all three formats – test, ODI and T20 – was very high, which is why he had to step down as captain in the shortest form of the game. Although no announcement has been made, Rohit Sharma, who is the most successful Indian Premier League (IPL) captain ever, is likely to become India’s T20 skipper.
India’s 15 member team for the T20 World Cup has also been announced, and the surprise inclusion is off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. Virat Kohli will captain the team in the tournament which begins on October 17.
Ashwin last played a T20 tournament for India in 2017 but has continued to compete in the Indian Premier League (IPL) where he plays for Delhi Capitals. Chetan Sharma (who used to be a fast bowler for India), the head of the selection committee, explained why Ashwin was being brought back into the team: “The wickets are likely to be low and slow as the IPL’s latter half will be played in the UAE and that will help the spinners. Washington Sundar is part of the injured list and Ashwin has been an asset for the team and the way he has performed in the IPL that is the reason he has found a place in the team.”
The World Cup will be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman, both countries in West Asia. The matches will be spread across four cities – Muscat, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah. Muscat is the capital of Oman and the three other cities are in the UAE. India plays its first match on October 24 against Pakistan.
The World Cup has three levels. The Super 12 matches will be played between October 23 and November 8. The knock-out round, which is basically the semi-final stage, starts November 10 and the final will be played on November 14.
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