MUMBAI, Sept. 18 -- A way of functioning seen as defiant by the BCCI, disagreements over selection, players expressing their dissatisfaction with the captain's way of doing things, the World Test Championship defeat, R Ashwin's omission from the fourth Oval Test against England, and the cancellation of the fifth and final Test in Manchester - each of these factors played a role in Virat Kohli announcing that he will step down from T20 captaincy after the upcoming World Cup, according to people aware of the matter.

They said the ball was first set rolling about six months ago, soon after India's historic series win in Australia, when board officials started asking senior players for feedback on Kohli's leadership. Kohli was in India on pate...