Former player and national selector, Sandeep Patil, has opined that a huge communication gap exists between Indian skipper Virat Kohli and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The 32-year-old Kohli announced that he will step down as T20I captain after the upcoming T20 World Cup.
While the BCCI rubbished rumors claiming Kohli will quit as white-ball captain, half of it happened to be true. The decision to step down was made by the talismanic batsman in order to manage his workload. But nobody expected it to come at the time it did, not even the BCCI themselves.
“It seems that there’s a big communication gap between BCCI and Virat. You can’t have Virat say one thing and the BCCI another. This is purely Virat’s decision, and the BCCI should just accept it.“
“Just a couple of days back, there was a story in TOI about him quitting as a white-ball captain to focus on his batting. However, the BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal rubbished that news quickly,” Patil was quoted as saying to TOI.
“This step will 100% help him focus more on his batting” – Sandeep Patil
It’s no secret that Virat Kohli was going through a rough patch in recent times. His last international century came back in 2019 against Bangladesh at home. The pressure of captaincy might have played a telling part in his poor form. Now that he has relieved himself of one burden, Kohli can focus on scoring runs, according to Sandeep Patil.
“I welcome Virat’s step. Captaincy does play on your mind. Captaining the side and concentrating on your batting at the same time is not an easy job, especially as there’s so much cricket these days. This step will 100% help him focus more on his batting,” Patil mentioned.
The upcoming ICC event will be Kohli’s first and last assignment as captain in the T20 World Cup. It will be a fitting end for one of the most successful T20I captains ever.