Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev. Image-PTI

Skipper Virat Kohli should come out and take responsibility for India‘s surprising group-stage exit at the T20 World Cup, says former captain Kapil Dev.

India were eliminated from the semi-final race on Sunday as New Zealand defeated Afghanistan and sealed a spot in the semis with four wins out of five matches. India, who have 2 wins in 4 games, will take on Namibia on Monday for the last match of Super 12.

The Namibia match will also be the last of Virat Kohli as the T20I captain and Ravi Shastri as the head coach.

In crisp words, Kapil Dev has demanded for Virat Kohli to step up in front of the nation who has been left disappointed after India were touted to be a firm favourite going into the tournament.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. Credits: ICC

“Virat Kohli should take responsibility of India’s loss in T20 World Cup,” the 1983 World Cup winning captain said on ABP News.

Pakistan and New Zealand qualified for the semifinals from Group 2 while England and Australia did from Group 1.

I hope Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid win an ICC tournament very soon – Gautam Gambhir

Former opener Gautam Gambhir is hoping for the pair of Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid to soon end India’s ICC title drought; the senior India men’s team last won an ICC trophy in 2013 – the Champions Trophy under MS Dhoni.

Under Virat Kohli, India suffered knockout defeat in the last three ICC tournaments – 2017 Champions Trophy, 2019 World Cup, and 2021 World Test Championship final – and a group-stage exit this time around.

Rahul Dravid has been announced as the new head coach for the team and Rohit Sharma is likely to take over from Virat Kohli as the T20I skipper. Kohli’s ODI captaincy is also under threat according to certain reports.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. Credits: ICC

“I hope Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid take Indian cricket forward in this format and win an ICC tournament very soon, following the template of England,” Gautam Gambhir told Star Sports.

India will host New Zealand from November 17 for their first T20 series after the World Cup. The 3-match T20I series will be followed by a 2-Test series.

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