Irfan Pathan responds to Virat Kohli stepping down: The former Indian all-rounder hoped for India to carry Virat Kohli’s legacy forward.
The upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021 will be the last time when India captain Virat Kohli will be leading in the shortest format at the highest level.
It was just over a couple of hours ago that Kohli took to his social media handles to announce that he will be stepping down as T20I captain after the world event in the UAE in October-November.
Kohli, who has led India in half of his T20I career (45 out of 90 T20Is), will have a last shot at T20I captaincy in what will be his first-ever multi-team ICC tournament as a captain in T20Is.
Irfan Pathan responds to Virat Kohli stepping down from T20I captaincy
Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan was among the many former cricketers who reacted to the development. Pathan took to his Twitter account to express “shock” at Kohli’s decision to step down.
“Surely it came as a shock to hear @imVkohli stepping down from the T20 captaincy after the World Cup,” Pathan tweeted.
Pathan, who had played eight T20Is (including his last international match) alongside Kohli in 2012, hoped for India to lift their second ICC T20 World Cup title as a “tribute” to Kohli’s captaincy.
Surely it came as a shock to hear @imVkohli stepping down from the T20 captaincy after the World Cup.
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.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) September 16, 2021
India will begin their 2021 T20 World Cup campaign by locking horns against arch-rivals Pakistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on October 24.