Virat Kohli’s T20I captaincy is set to come to an end without a World Cup title. After losing their first two matches against Pakistan and New Zealand, India’s hopes of a semifinal rested on the Afghanistan-New Zealand match. However, as soon as the Kiwis registered an 8-wicket win over the Afghans, they became the second team after Pakistan from Group 2 to move ahead into the semifinals while India were eliminated.
While the Men in Blue have to play a match against Namibia later on Monday, it will only be a dead rubber and holds no significance as far as the business end of the tournament is concerned. Virat had previously announced that this would be his last assignment as the skipper of the T20I side and thus the match against Namibia will be his farewell match as the skipper.
Amid all of this, an old tweet from Kohli has resurfaced on the internet. The tweet from 2012 simply says, “going home tomorrow. not a good feeling .”
Check out the old tweet here:
going home tomorrow. not a good feeling .
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 20, 2012
The team will fly back to India and wait for the T20 World Cup to get over before they welcome New Zealand for a home series involving three T20Is and two Test matches. The culmination of the T20 World Cup for India will also mark the end of an era where Kohli was the captain with Ravi Shastri as the head coach. BCCI has already confirmed Rahul Dravid as the new head coach of the Indian cricket team while Rohit Sharma is expected to be the new captain in T20Is.
Several media reports also suggest that Rohit could be the new white-ball captain of India, implying he will be the leader of the side even in ODIs. This is because there will be very few ODIs in the build-up to the T20 World Cup 2022 and the management does not want a separate captain for that. Kohli, however, will continue to lead in Test cricket.