The pressure is getting higher. So after the World Cup, Virat Kohli is stepping down from the captaincy of India’s T20 team. Kohli’s argument behind his decision was questioned at the outset. It is learned that there are other reasons behind Kohli’s resignation.
Kohli has already lost his rhythm with the bat, and his decision on the field has been repeatedly questioned. In the T20, Rohit Sharma is considered more important than him in the Indian team. This time, it is known that Kohli’s relationship with his teammates has started to deteriorate. He was also charged before the board. And because of these controversies, Kohli felt it was better to leave the captaincy.
This demand has been raised in the Indian media today. It was rumored in the middle of the tour of England that the captaincy of white ball cricket would be taken away from Kohli. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is “dissatisfied” with the captain, though the board’s treasurer Arun Dhamal dismissed the news. But the next day, Kohli announced his resignation from the T20 captaincy. He said he will leave at the end of the World Cup.
This decision naturally raised questions. Why just move away from T20? And does that mean the relationship between the board and Kohli is not good now? A source in the board said that they have been talking about this for six months. Negotiations gained momentum after India lost to New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship last June. After Kohli’s announcement, board secretary Joy Shah admitted that he had been discussing the matter with Kohli for the past few months.
Experts have also questioned the timing of Kohli’s announcement, why did Kohli make such a decision just before such a big sporting event?
Sources said that the revolt within the party against Kohli started a few months ago. Several experienced cricketers were upset with Kohli. Meanwhile, Kohli himself has lost his form. He has not scored a century in the last two years in all three editions. Kohli’s various decisions in the match with him were also wrong. And that started to have an impact on his relationship with others on the team. An experienced cricketer has also lodged a complaint against Kohli with the BCCI secretary. The cricketer was suffering from ‘inferiority’ due to Kohli’s behavior.
After the match against New Zealand in the final of the Test Championship, Kohli complained that the cricketer did not show any effort. According to sources, Ravichandran Ashwin is one of the rebel cricketers. The deteriorating relationship between the two has played a role in keeping Ashwin out of the Test series against England. Despite repeated requests from experts, Kohli did not play Ashwin against England. Before the fourth Test, coach Ravi Shastri has promised to play Ashwin. But Kohli did not listen.