Team India skipper Virat Kohli might have his captaincy on the line when he leads the Indian team in the upcoming T20 World Cup, according to reports. Kohli has come under the scanner multiple times of late, particularly regarding his failure to win an ICC event despite having a strong squad.
As per the reports, India’s loss to New Zealand in the World Test Championship (WTC) final set off a conversation among the top BCCI brass. They were unhappy with Kohli’s team selection in the final, especially playing two spinners in seamer-friendly conditions.
“The BCCI is deeply concerned about Virat Kohli’s captaincy, especially in the ICC tournaments because of his failure as a captain in the ICC events. In a meeting held by the BCCI office-bearers in July after the WTC Final, it emerged that a lot of BCCI officials are unsatisfied with Virat’s captaincy.”
“BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, Vice-president Rajiv Shukla, Secretary Jay Shah, and the Treasurer Arun Dhumal were all a part of the meeting. The decision to go ahead with 2 spinners in the WTC Final didn’t go too well with the BCCI officials and hence, it was discussed that the T20 World Cup can be the last opportunity for Virat Kohli, especially in the limited-overs format,” the reports stated.
Possible split-captaincy between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma being debated at the moment
There have been calls for Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Rohit Sharma to take over the captaincy from Kohli. Rohit is quite experienced and has had massive success as a captain in the IPL. This works well in his favor should the management decide to adopt split-captaincy like England and Australia.
“A senior BCCI office-bearer came up with the suggestion of implementing 3 different captains for all the 3 formats. Another senior BCCI official suggested giving Test captaincy to Virat Kohli itself and giving the limited-overs captaincy to Rohit Sharma,” the report further mentioned.
Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s and out-of-favor leggie Kuldeep Yadav’s handling has also come under the scanner. After the 2019 World Cup game against England, Kuldeep’s career was completely derailed. He hasn’t been able to recapture the same magic that he had during his partnership with Yuzvendra Chahal.
“Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s exclusion from the Indian Test squad against England came as another massive controversial decision that didn’t go down too well with the BCCI officials. Kuldeep Yadav’s treatment, especially after the 2019 World Cup was another issue that was highlighted in the meeting and the BCCI officials didn’t look too pleased with it.”
According to the same media reports, if Virat Kohli fails to win the ICC T20 World Cup title this year, he might be stripped of the Indian captaincy in the limited-overs format. Although Rohit is the primary option, it will be interesting to see whether his age plays a factor in making the decision.