Virat Kohli is about to step down as T20I skipper after the upcoming T20 World Cup.© AFP
While Virat Kohli’s resolution to relinquish Team India’s captaincy within the shortest format of the sport after the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup has left many shell-shocked, former nationwide selector Sarandeep Singh has stated that he had an inkling of this, however was shocked by the timing of the choice. “I had an inkling about it, but I didn’t know that he would quit the T20 captaincy before the T20 World Cup. He could have quit the captaincy when the team was being picked for the T20 World Cup.
“Will he even play within the subsequent T20 World Cup in 2022? Perhaps the selectors ought to communicate to him about reconsidering his resolution,” the former India off-spinner and selector was quoted as saying by The Times of India.
Sarandeep, who played 3 Tests and 5 ODIs for India, opined that freeing himself from the burden of captaincy will not help Kohli as a batsman.
“I do not assume this transfer will in anyway assist him focus on his batting – T20 cricket is extra about hitting or slogging than expertise, actually,” Sarandeep said.
Talking about the timing of Kohli’s decision to step down as the skipper, Sarandeep said the 32-year-old could’ve left the leadership role when the team was being picked for the marquee tournament.
“If concentrating on his batting is the explanation behind it, then he ought to stop because the ODI captain too, for the reason that subsequent World Cup is in 2023.”
“Ideally, if he needed to deal with his recreation, he ought to have stop the T20 format altogether as a participant. What if India wins the T20 World Cup? this resolution is difficult to know,” Sarandeep added.
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