West Indies cricketing legend Brian Lara is “shocked” with Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s decision to step down as the T20I skipper after the ICC T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in the UAE and Oman in October-November this year.
In a statement issued on social media recently, Kohli had said, “Understanding workload is a very important thing and considering my immense workload over the last 8-9 years playing all three formats and captaining regularly for last 5-6 years, I feel I need to give myself space to be fully ready to lead the Indian Team in Test and ODI Cricket.”
Lara said he was surprised to know about Kohli’s decision despite doing a “tremendous job”
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“I was in shock because I think he’s (Kohli) done a tremendous job, played against all the big countries — South Africa, England, New Zealand, Australia — beating all of them,” Lara said during a video interaction with cricket.com on Saturday.
“This is actually his first (T20) World Cup as a captain, so this will end his career as a (T20I) captain after that. It’s a big shock.
But the kind of intensity that he plays with, I feel that sometimes it might sometimes be good to take a step away, concentrate may be on another format of the game,” said Lara, one of the most charismatic cricketers of modern era.
“I have had these issues as well when I was playing, when a couple of times I stepped down as captain as it became very, very stressful,” added the West Indian.
Lara said that though it was Kohli’s personal decision, it would serve Indian cricket well.
“I am not in his (Kohli’s) shoes but I’m sure he made his decision not just for personal decision but a decision that serves Indian cricket as well,” added Lara.