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Former England spinner Monty Panesar has said that the star India National Cricket Team batter Virat Kohli has been “slightly scarred” by the trust issues that he had with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials.
Last year a big captaincy controversy happened in Indian cricket after Virat Kohli stepped down as T20I captain. Kohli after leaving the T20I job was sacked as ODI captain by the BCCI.
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At a press conference, Kohli had told that he was informed that he will no longer be the ODI captain just one and a half hours before the Test squad for the South Africa series was announced. Kohli also said that his decision to step down from the T20I captaincy was well received by the BCCI.
On the other hand, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly had said that he and the selection committee chief Chetan Sharma had a chat with Kohli before the appointment of Rohit Sharma as the new white-ball captain. Ganguly also said that Kohli was asked to not step down from captaincy in T20Is.
In an interview with TOI, former England spinner Monty Panesar was asked about the impact of Virat Kohli leaving the captaincy on his batting. He said:
“Watching his behaviour and everything in England, I asked myself is that really the Virat Kohli? It was a bit over-exerted. It’s not him. It wasn’t really him. His celebration and sledging showed that he was under some pressure.
“It’s not the Virat Kohli we know. He has been slightly scarred by some of the trust issues that he had with the BCCI people. How he was treated, and how he spoke in the media about it. Internally, I think, there were obviously differences. Virat was probably let down by that. He still feels a little bit of mental pressure from that.”
India will definitely need Virat Kohli for the T20 World Cup – Monty Panesar
During the same interview, Monty Panesar said that Virat Kohli should undoubtedly be in India’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 squad. He asserted:
“Virat should be in the squad. He should be traveling to Australia because you need Virat in the big global tournaments. He’s an ambassador of the game. So, you need him there. Whether he is playing or not playing, he should be there as a squad member.”
Former England spinner added that India captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid should quickly decide whether Kohli should be in India’s World Cup playing XI or just the 15-member squad. He stated:
“Dravid and Rohit desperately want to win the World Cup. They want to play big roles and take the team to World Cup wins. This is something Virat couldn’t (do). They have only three months to go. They’ve got to think with their heads right. Is Virat Kohli part of our eleven or is he part of our 15? They need to decide that very, very quickly. There are a lot of youngsters who can adapt to the conditions in India, but in Australia, you will definitely need Virat Kohli for the T20 World Cup.”
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