Former Indian player Dilip Vengsarkar wants Indian skipper Virat Kohli to win India the T20 World Cup in November.
On Thursday, Kohli announced that he would step down as India’s T20 International captain in order to manage his workload. The 2021 ICC T20 World Cup would be his last assignment in the captain’s role in the shortest format.
Kohli took to his official Twitter handle to announce his decision and also thanked the Indian team management for backing him throughout his captaincy tenure for India in T20Is.
Virat Kohli has been under tremendous pressure to perform: Dilip Vengsarkar
Many players and experts have accepted Kohli’s decision and Vengsarkar is one of them to put his views on the recent development.
The former Indian captain said that Kohli was under extreme pressure with his personal performance and also noted on his IPL captaincy where he is yet to win RCB a trophy.
“I was expecting it. He’s been leading India and has been the No 1 batsman in all formats for almost eight years. He’s been under tremendous pressure to perform, because we expect a lot from him every time he goes into bat,” Vengsarkar told Times of India.
“The timing of his decision has been perfect. The only thing I hope now is he wins the World Cup and signs off as an India T20 captain on a high. It could be his last hurrah as T20I captain.
“Besides that, he’s not done exceptionally well in the T20 format as captain. Even in the IPL, he hasn’t led the Royal Challengers Bangalore to a single tournament win. That must’ve played on his mind too,” he added.
Rohit Sharma deserves to be India’s next T20 captain: Dilip Vengsarkar
Rohit Sharma, who is currently India’s vice-captain in white-ball cricket, is expected to be the successor of Virat Kohli and Vengsarkar said that the Mumbai Indians captain deserves the role.
“Rohit deserves to be India’s next T20 captain because he’s done exceptionally well whenever he’s been given an opportunity. In 2018, India won the Asia Cup under his captaincy. Besides that, he’s been an exceptional captain for the Mumbai Indians,” Vengsarkar said.
Rohit also won India the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka where they defeated Bangladesh in the final of the tri-series as Dinesh Karthik finished with a last-ball six in a thrilling manner.