Kapil Dev , India’s First World Cup winning captain has recently swirled into Virat Kohli’s Captaincy leaving row. He advised Kohli that he’ll have to shed Or put aside his ego to play under the captaincy of younger players.
Virat Kohli, has suddenly relinquished his captaincy on Saturday late in the evening after facing defeat in the game against proteas. He was previously sacked as ODI captain and prior to that he relinquished T20 captaincy too.
Kapil Dev, who led India to glory in the 1983 World Cup, welcomed Kohli’s decision, saying he was “going through a rough time” and “appeared to be under a lot of pressure”.
But he said that Kohli will now have to knuckle down and bite his tongue if he is to remain in the team under a new captain.
“Even Sunil Gavaskar played under me. I played under K Srikkanth and (Mohammad) Azharuddin. I had no ego,” Dev, 63, was quoted as saying to the a newspaper, referring to other greats of the era.
“Virat will have to give up his ego and play under a young cricketer. This will help him and Indian cricket. Virat should guide the new captain, new players. We cannot lose Virat, the batsman… no way.”
Kohli and BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly in December had publicly contradicted each other over his stepping down as white-ball captain.
“I think clearly there was disenchantment between Kohli and the authorities,” veteran cricket journalist Ayaz Memon told AFP.
“You don’t need any statement, you can sense it from the manner he gave up the T20 captaincy and then the ODI captaincy was taken away from him,” he said.
He said that it will also be a challenge for the new captain to revive the team’s batting fortunes from the current “crisis”.
“It has become a challenging situation for India because you have a team that has crumbled, the batting certainly,” he said.
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