Ex-captain Kapil Dev believes Virat Kohli will have to “give up his ego” and play under a new captain.
After relinquishing the Test captaincy, Virat Kohli must shed his ego in order to play under a new leader. According to cricket legend Kapil Dev, as speculation about the national team’s future grew.
After relinquishing the Test captaincy, Virat Kohli must shed his ego in order to play under a new leader, according to cricket legend Kapil Dev, as speculation about the national team’s future grew.
Kapil Dev, who led India to World Cup win in 1983, praised Kohli’s decision, saying he was “going through a rough time” and “appeared to be under a lot of pressure.”
Kohli, on the other hand, will have to knuckle down and bite his tongue if he wants to stay in the team under a new captain, according to him.
“Sunil Gavaskar also played for me. K Srikkanth and (Mohammad) Azharuddin were my coaches. I didn’t have an ego “Dev, 63, was quoted in the Mid-Day newspaper as saying, referring to other era greats.
“Virat will have to put aside his ego and play alongside a young cricketer. This will benefit both him and Indian cricket. Virat should mentor the new captain and players. We cannot afford to lose Virat, the batsman.”
The race to succeed Kohli is seen as a battle between Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, with the younger Rishabh Pant, 24, trailing in third place.
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Virat Kohli will have to “give up his ego”
According to the Hindustan Times, Kohli turned down the BCCI’s offer to retire with fanfare. After his 100th Test in Bangalore in February, when India hosts Sri Lanka.
“There was clearly disenchantment between Kohli and the authorities.” Veteran cricket journalist Ayaz Memon told AFP.
“You don’t need a statement; you can sense it from the way he relinquished the T20 captaincy and then the ODI captaincy,” he said.
“It has become a difficult situation for India because you have a team that has crumbled, certainly the batting,” he said.
BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal stated that he is unconcerned.
“I am confident that with the kind of bench strength we have, we will get through this phase as well,” Dhumal told AFP.
“It’s just a change in leadership position, and when someone takes over. They’ll take it from here and make sure the team gives it their all on the field.”
“Let us concentrate on Team India rather than worrying about what is being printed or spoken about.” He added.
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