Virat wanted to unburden himself by letting go of one format – MSK Prasad

Virat Kohli surprised everyone when he announced that he will step down as India’s T20I captain post the T20 World Cup. Earlier, it was reported that Virat would leave the captaincy in shorter formats. However, the reports were rejected by the BCCI.

After Virat’s move, the reports proved to be true in the end. MSK Prasad, the former selector, has spoken on the entire matter.

In the statement released, Virat stated that he had a word with Ravi Shastri and Rohit Sharma before taking the call.

Meanwhile, MSK Prasad feels that the bubble life could have been one of the reasons for him to step down.

“It is a little surprising that the decision was announced before the T20 World Cup. But then, the stress he must be carrying due to the bubble life and moving on from one bubble to another (could have also impacted). It is clearly visible and that has impacted his mindset,” Prasad was quoted as saying by HT.

Prasad feels Virat’s decision will help him to lead India without any pressure in the T20 World Cup.

“Under Virat’s captaincy, it has only been a high for Indian cricket in T20s. We have achieved success in New Zealand, West Indies, South Africa, Australia, and this T20 World Cup will be the first mega T20I event under his captaincy. This decision will de-stress him and unburden him a bit because he knows that he will be letting go of one format after the tournament and that will perhaps free him a bit in the mega event,” Prasad concluded.