Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. Credits: ICC

Former Pakistan player Danish Kaneria said he never saw captaincy potential in Virat Kohli. Before the start of the tournament, India were dubbed as favourites to lift the T20 World Cup in the UAE.

But to everyone’s dismay, India have lost both their games against Pakistan and New Zealand in the mega event, and their chances to qualify for the semis looks very unclear.

Never seen captaincy potential in Virat Kohli: Danish Kaneria

Team India is facing a lot of criticism over their performance in the tournament so far, with experts and fans not happy with the approach of Kohli & co.

Kaneria said Kohli is not a successful captain and also mentioned about his failure of decision making.

Danish Kaneria
Danish Kaneria. Image-Reuters

There are a lot of reasons. The first one is Virat Kohli – he has been an unsuccessful captain. He made the wrong team selections for the WTC final. Until he was there in Australia, India lost and then Ajinkya Rahane became the captain and led his team to a win.

“No doubt Virat Kohli is a big player, but I have never seen captaincy potential in him. He has a lot of aggression, but the decision-making ability as a captain is missing in him,” Kaneria said on his YouTube channel.

Kaneria also collectively held Indian team management led by Ravi Shastri, responsible for India’s miserable performance in the T20 World Cup.

MS Dhoni, Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli
MS Dhoni, Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli. (Photo: Twitter)

“Another reason is Ravi Shastri, who has just disappeared. It seems as though he feels, ‘My time is up, the World Cup is the last in my tenure. I won’t be there post this. So whatever happens, let it happen’, and he too has stepped aside.

“I won’t blame MS Dhoni too much since he has just come into the side. Yet, he was part of the management, and cricket involves all the 11 players as well as the management. So everybody is responsible. It’s not an individual sport but a team sport, so the entire team is responsible,” Kaneria said.

India will play their next match against Afghanistan on Wednesday at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

India must win their remaining three games and also depend on some results to go their way if they stand to qualify for the semi-final stage.

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