Differences emerge in Indian team over Kohli’s captaincy ahead of World T20

By: Bipin Dani      Published: 07:35 PM, 1 Oct, 2021
Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. File photo

ll's not well in the Indian team. According to reports coming from the UAE, where the IPL teams are playing, two more senior players other than R Ashwin are reported to have had shown reservations over Virat Kohli's captaincy.

First, Ashwin's name came as he had revolted against Kohli and had complained to the BCCI secretary (Jay Shah) about feeling insecure. Ashwin was not included in the final eleven in any of the four-Test matches in England.   

Kohli had a fallout with the selectors for the inclusion of Ashwin in the T20 World Cup squad as the Indian captain wanted leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal for the mega event. Kohli had reportedly accused the player of not showing enough intent in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand in June this year.

Now, it is also being reported in the media that Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane are too not happy with Kohli in the team.

Pujara was dealing with some harsh criticism for his slow batting while India's Test deputy-skipper Ajinkya Rahane was struggling to score runs in the longest format. Both were treated very harshly by the skipper in the dressing room.

Interestingly, coach Ravi Shastri has failed to pacify the situation and Kohli has announced to quit the captaincy after the World Cup.

Now we hear that the BCCI treasurer has denied the controversy, but there can't be a smoke without fire. There can't be any evidence of the complaints, and even if the evidence is there, can anyone believe that the BCCI would reveal it?

Adding fuel to the controversy, legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar has voiced his opinion to change the captain for next month's T-20 World Cup in the UAE.

“I think (of) Rohit Sharma (as captain) for the next two World Cups,” Gavaskar said on the Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected’.

“You could say they (World Cups) are back-to-back, one starting in a month and another exactly a year from now. So clearly, yes, you don’t want to change too many captains at this particular stage. Rohit Sharma would definitely be my choice for captaincy of the Indian team for both these T20 World Cups,” Gavaskar said.

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