Former Indian cricketer Deep Dasgupta feels relieved and angered at the same after Virat Kohli decided to step down as T20I captain after the upcoming T20 World Cup. Kohli announced the decision on his social media accounts which left many fans bemused.
In light of the development, Dasgupta posted a video on his official Twitter account. He was relieved that the rumors and speculations in the media have finally been put to rest. However, he was also angry with the way the process works in Indian cricket.
“I am kind of relieved to a certain extent. There was so much noise about leakages, who said what, rumors, speculations – I think this decision of Virat will put all that to rest. You already have Rohit Sharma who is tried and tested. I am glad that Virat has taken that call.“
“Having said that, I get very angry as a die-hard Indian cricket fan by the process. Because we kind of knew that the decision might be taken depending on the results in the T20 World Cup. But the way [rumors were spread] in papers and social media – we could have avoided this,” Dasgupta said on his YouTube channel.
“Having different captains for ODIs and T20Is might be a bit confusing” – Deep Dasgupta
The 44-year-old continued by bringing up the split captaincy debate that has been making the rounds. He believes that having two different captains for ODIs and T20Is might cause confusion in the Indian team. Dasgupta expects the leadership management to arrive at a decision very soon on this subject.
“Split captaincy is very normal nowadays. White-ball and red-ball captains are the two categories. But with Virat still wanting to continue as ODI captain, I don’t know if there might be a bit of confusion in the team since most players are common in both ODIs and T20Is.“
“The 2023 ODI World Cup is also there so any changes to be made should be done altogether. I think Virat and the leadership group should think about it and take a call whether they want to take this path or if you want to split it into white-ball and red-ball cricket,” Dasgupta mentioned.
Rohit Sharma is being touted as the next T20I captain considering his success with Mumbai Indians in the IPL. It will be interesting to see if Kohli’s ODI captaincy remains in the future.