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Virat Kohli’s Legacy in T20 Cricket As A Captain

The cricketing fraternity got a bit of a shock when on September 16, 2021, Indian captain Virat Kohli announced that he’d be stepping down as the captain of the T20I team post the T20 World Cup starting in October. Just when fans were getting on terms with the announcement, Team Bangalore announced Kohli’s intentions of stepping down after the conclusion of the 2021 season as their captain. The key takeaway from the announcement was his passion to play for the franchise till his very last Indian T20 League match.

Kohli has stated the intense workload of an international cricketer as the primary reason for this decision and vows to continue leading the nation in the other two formats. So what legacy does king Kohli leave in the shortest format of the game as a captain? Let’s find out.

 

INTERNATIONAL T20 LEGACY

Virat Kohli’s record as a T20 international batter is one to envy. He has broken all sorts of batting records and has been a part of multiple high-intensity bilateral series wins. The only thing that has eluded him in his career so far has been the T20 World Cup trophy. He has come close to it on numerous occasions but has failed to take his team over the line in crunch situations.

As a captain, Kohli has led Team India in 45 T20 internationals. The team has won 27 matches out of the 45 that gives him an outstanding win percentage of 65.11. As a batter captain, Kohli averages 48.45 with a standout strike rate of 143.18.

He has moved around the batting order regularly to help maintain the balance of the team and for now, his batting position is uncertain going into the World Cup. He takes a lot of pride in leading his nation by example and would be hoping to put away the talks of no ICC trophy in this T20 World Cup in the UAE.

 

INDIAN T20 LEAGUE LEGACY

Very recently, Virat Kohli completed his 200th game for Team Bangalore in the Indian T20 League. He has been a one-team player since the inception of the league and absolutely adores the love the franchise has shown towards him. Out of the 200 matches for Team Bangalore, Kohli has led the franchise for 133 matches.

His record as Bangalore captain isn’t as impressive as his international record but it is not as bad as people would make you believe. Kohli has won 60 matches out of the 133 played as captain and that gives him a win percentage of 47.67. He led the side to the final on one occasion in 2016 where they lost to David Warner’s Hyderabad.

He’d be hoping to end his tenure as captain of Team Bangalore on a high and hopefully lay his hands on the first title for the franchise this 2021 season.

 

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