Ahead of India‘s mega-clash versus Pakistan, captain Virat Kohli was left annoyed when asked about his decision of stepping down as the T20I captain.
Last month, the 32-year-old announced that he will be relinquishing his T20I captaincy position after the T20 World Cup. He stated that workload management was the key reason behind this decision.
On Saturday, during a press conference ahead of the Super 12 round, Virat Kohli was once again queried about it. The right-hander denied commenting further on his decision and said that he had explained himself in detail earlier.
“I have already explained myself a lot and I don’t think I need to harp on that anymore,” Virat Kohli said.
“Our focus is to play well in this World Cup and do what we need to do as a team. Rest people are trying to dig up things that doesn’t exist and I am not someone who is ever going to give fodder to that.
“I have explained myself very honestly and openly and if people feel there’s more to it than what I have already told, I feel pretty bad for them. That’s certainly not the case,” he added.
I was surprised that Virat Kohli decided to step down as T20 captain: Sourav Ganguly
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said he was taken by surprise by Virat Kohli’s decision of leaving the T20I captaincy. Being a former captain himself, Ganguly understood the pressure Virat Kohli had been dealing with and hence took this call.
“I was surprised (that Virat Kohli decided to step down as T20 captain). This decision must have been taken only after the England tour and it is his decision. There was no pressure from our end. We didn’t tell him anything,” Ganguly told Aaj Tak.
“We don’t do things like that because I myself have been a player so I understand. It is very difficult to be a captain in all formats for this long. I was a captain for six years, it looks good from the outside, there is respect and all that. But you get burnt out on the inside and it happens to any captain. Not just to Tendulkar or Ganguly or Dhoni or Kohli but to the captain that will come up next as well. It is a tough job,” he added.
India will take on Pakistan in their opening encounter on Sunday in Dubai. They will then meet New Zealand, Afghanistan, Scotland, and Namibia in the Super 12.
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