Former Pakistan player Danish Kaneria was concerned about the way Virat Kohli is allegedly behaving with his teammates and expects BCCI to treat him like any other player.
Kohli’s captaincy style has come under the scanner according to media houses after two senior players allegedly went to BCCI secretary Jay Shah to complain about Kohli. Kaneria feels he might be in trouble and will likely be removed from the top post if the BCCI feels so.
“Virat Kohli’s captaincy is in a dilemma because BCCI’s top bosses in Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah won’t tolerate indiscipline towards anybody. They won’t see if he is a big-ticket player and treat everyone the same way.”
“Unlike Pakistan, where there are such concerns, I don’t think it happens in India because a top-notch cricketer is the BCCI president. He (Ganguly) changed Indian cricket and he won’t see different players in different ways. Thus, I trust the BCCI to ensure that in future no player behaves roughly with their teammates,” Danish Kaneria reckoned.
“He needs to follow the culture set by MS Dhoni” – Danish Kaneria
The former Pakistan leg-spinner further assessed that although Kohli’s aggressive captaincy is his style, he can take few notes from MS Dhoni who had the support of his teammates. Kohli, however, is a captain who backs his players as well, with examples of Mohammed Siraj and Cheteshwar Pujara.
“Virat Kohli’s aggression while captaining is a known thing, but misbehaving with your own players isn’t acceptable. He needs to follow the culture set by MS Dhoni. MS Dhoni dragged the players along with him despite win or loss by backing them. Hence, with the T20 World Cup looming and with Ravichandran Ashwin also part of the squad, Kohli must handle things carefully,” Kaneria mentioned.
Kohli has decided to give up T20I captaincy after the upcoming T20 World Cup to relieve his workload stress. He will continue to focus on his batting going forward.