In possibly the biggest cricket announcement of the year, Virat Kohli announced that he will step down as the captain of the national T20 side after the completion of the T20 World Cup.
Kohli has a long career ahead and we don't know what may happen, but for now, this seems like his last chance to win an ICC trophy in the format. And his first ICC trophy across formats.
As soon as Kohli shared the news on his social media handles, it started trending, and here are some reactions from people on the same. Look out for Rohit Sharma fans.
NO!!!!!! WHYYY MAN !!!!! @imVkohli— NITISH (@nitish_tweets_) September 16, 2021
There are only 10-15 T20 matches in a year, leaving captaincy of only this format for workload management doesn't look good.
You are a damn leader...the beast
Gonna miss that intensity HELL A LOT.#KING You shouldn't have done that. https://t.co/47PnszaUBy
Thanku Captain @imVkohli for selfless leadership and giving balanced performance throughout your reign. We standby your decision and looking forward to see your unmatched performance in upcoming matches. https://t.co/FjYrPd3MrY— Arushi Deo (@DeoArushi) September 16, 2021
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.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 16, 2021
Surely it came as a shock to hear @imVkohli stepping down from the T20 captaincy after the World Cup.— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) September 16, 2021
Looking forward to India winning the world cup as it will be a perfect tribute to his captaincy and hope the team carries his legacy forward.
This guy won a multinational tournament with the players who weren't even regular in their ipl team. Imagine what will he do if he gets one year to build his team... 🦁🦁🔥 @ImRo45 pic.twitter.com/Sk8ulOymBP— Aryan 💉 (@Rohitswarriorrr) September 16, 2021
It's time for captain Rohit Sharma in T20I Cricket. pic.twitter.com/FqYFn5nTWZ— R A T N I S H (@LoyalSachinFan) September 16, 2021
Rohit Sharma likely to take over the T20 captaincy, his records in T20 speaks volume, he shares great camaraderie with the team and Kohli, also respects what Rohit brings into the table as a captain. (Source - TOI)— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 17, 2021
As is evident, people have already started congratulating Rohit Sharma, and for once, getting ahead of themselves may not result in disappointment.
As for Virat, he is a legend and will remain one. As a player, and as a captain.