Virat Kohli’s captaincy has been the topic of great discussion among cricket fans across the country for quite some time. He may have put an end to the rumours after tendering his resignation as India’s T20 captain, citing workload concerns. But it now appears that his resignation is more complicated than Kohli would have us believe.
Virat Kohli’s difficulties with the BCCI appear to be far from over, especially after a report by IANS revealed that a senior Indian team member complained to BCCI honchos about the Indian captain’s poor attitude during the recent tour of England.
According to rumours, this player was off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who also played in the World Test Championship final, but nothing has been proven as of yet. Kohli’s decision to keep Ashwin on the bench throughout the England Test series, despite expert advice to play the Tamil Nadu tweaker, is a hint of something.
However, the way Ashwin was treated during the England series, and Kohli’s refusal to include him in the playing XI despite expert advice, indicated that something was brewing. Ravi Shastri, the team’s chief coach, had mentioned playing Ashwin before the fourth Test. Kohl appears to have disregarded this advice.
Virat Kohli has been battling with his form for the past two years, having gone over 50 innings without scoring a century in international cricket (ODIs, T20Is, and Tests). His most recent century came in a day-night Test against Bangladesh in Kolkata in November 2019.
Another problem that surfaced was Kohli’s lack of consultation prior to MS Dhoni’s appointment as the T20 team’s mentor for the World Cup. The decision to include Ashwin in the T20 lineup sparked a fight between the selectors and Kohli.