Brian Lara, the strategic advisor and batting coach of the Indian Premier League franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad, has come down hard on the players who prefer T20 leagues over international cricket.

Virat Kohli will leave Royal Challengers Bangalore’s captaincy after the conclusion of the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. Earlier, Virat announced that he would leave the T20I captaincy of the Indian team after the World Cup.

While disclosing his decision, Virat said that he wants to focus on his batting.

“I mean, it’s pretty straightforward. He has said it as clearly as possible. He wants to understand his workload and keep committing to the responsibility he has. Very well put together (his statement),” Brian Lara told Star Sports.

Lara further added that captaining and playing in all three formats is not easy at all.

“I totally understand. It’s 3 formats of the game. When you go back, it was just Test cricket and the 50-over format. Now he is playing every format of the time. There has come a time when he feels ‘listen, I need to take a step back and maybe focus on Test cricket and the 50-overs format of the game and allow somebody else to take the responsibility (in T20s)’. To me, it’s pretty clear,” Lara said.

According to the former Windies skipper, he is proud of Virat Kohli. “Proud of someone who is at the height of his career and makes a decision such as this,” Lara added.

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