While Kohli has argued that he will remain captain in the other two formats, it cannot be said with absolute certainty that he will be India’s 50-year patron in the World Cup 2023 at home.
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While workload management is an absolutely acceptable reason to give up the T20 captaincy, but if you look at India’s schedule through 2023, there are only about 20 bilateral T20 games in addition to the World Cup in the that Kohli will not be the captain.
“Virat knew they would have removed him from the captaincy of the white ball. If the team does not do well in UAE World T20, he will be gone forever when it comes to the leadership of the white ball,” said a BCCI Insiders, on top of things, told PTI.
“He just took the pressure off himself a little bit as it would seem like he’s there on his own terms. It may not happen for 50 overs if T20 performance goes into a downward spiral,” he said.
So if the BCCI decides to relieve Kohli of the captaincy of over 50 in the near future, you shouldn’t be surprised as this is Indian cricket and fortunes change faster than anyone can follow.
A T20 World Cup without a trophy and Kohli might have to play as a pure hitter in the 50 plus format as well.
There are no points to guess that even in the locker room, Kohli’s understudy Rohit Sharma is regarded as a “leader”, who has indeed learned to lead a young troop, having done so year after year for the Mumbai Indians. in the Indian Premier League. .
It is one of the worst kept secrets of Indian cricket that ‘King Kohli’, for some time, does not exactly have the full support of the locker room.
His style of operation, according to those who have observed him closely, borders on autocracy with very little room for inclusion.
Whether playing two spinners in the World Trials Championship final in Southampton or not allowing either player to establish themselves in the number 4 position before the 2019 World Cup, his lack of flexibility has often been spoken of on vocals. come down.
Most recently, in the test series against England, the decision to bench the world’s number one off course Ravichandran ashwin it stuck out like a sore thumb despite India leading 2-1.
He enjoyed supreme authority before the Adelaide test against Australia earlier this year. But the 36 with everything and his subsequent paternity break changed many things.
No one would say this openly, but the players felt more united than ever and were in a very happy space when they came together to beat an Australia in full force (as opposed to 2018-19), including a fabulous tied game.
By the time Kohli rejoined the Indian setup during the home series against England, he knew that the youngsters, who came of age, had been empowered with strong individual performances.
“The problem with Virat is his communication. In the case of MS (Dhoni), his room would be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and players could just walk in, play the PS4, eat and loosen up. hair and, if necessary, talk about cricket.
“Beyond the ground, Kohli is literally incommunicado,” a former player from India, who has seen the early days of Kohli’s captaincy, told PTI during an informal chat.
“Rohit has MSD undertones but in a different way. He takes junior players out to eat, gives them a friendly pat on the back when they are down and knows the mental aspects of a player’s makeup from the inside out,” said the former said the cricketer.
When it comes to handling junior players, the biggest complaint against Virat is leaving them high and dry when the chips are low.
“Kuldeep Yadav, after a five-course tour in Australia, went downhill. The same goes for Rishabh Pant when she was out of shape. Umesh Yadav, a senior bowler, who is a workhorse on the Indian fields You never get an answer as to why it is not considered until someone is injured?
“He talks about communication at press conferences, but the truth is that he has hardly caught any player when they needed their captain the most,” said another cricketer, who is aware of Kohli’s cut and change policy.
A senior BCCI official pointed to an interesting aspect of the Board’s press release on Thursday.
“If you look at the statements of Sourav and Jay, both have congratulated, but have not said a word, if he would remain as captain until the ODI World Cup 2023. Then, he would stay, it is an implausible conclusion,” he said.
It is learned that the head coach Ravi shastri, who will leave office at the end of the T20 World Cup, has spoken with him extensively and now Kohli will focus on his original endeavor: surpassing the 100 international hundreds scored by Sachin Tendulkar.
It would be difficult to get to 50 hundreds of tests, but with 44 in ODI, you can surely rack up a lot more in your quest for that world record.
It is also said that Kohli went to the selection committee with a proposal that Rohit be removed from the ODI vice-captaincy as he is 34 years old. He wanted the vice captaincy of ODI to be handed over to KL Rahul with Rishabh Pant playing the role in the T20 format.
“This did not sit well with the Board, which believes that Kohli does not want a real successor,” a Board source said.
In the corridors of the BCCI, officials have calculated that Kohli wants to safeguard his captaincy of more than 50 years until the 2023 World Cup.
However, it is reliably known that it might not happen, as in recent months Kohli has managed to alienate more people: the players, the support staff, the national selectors and last but not least the players. board mandarins.
Pant, Rahul and Bumrah are chosen for the vice-captaincy of the T20
BCCI is in no rush to announce the designated vice-captain for the standby T20 captain, Rohit Sharma, after the T20 World Cup, but there are three possible options.
One is Delhi Capitals skipper Pant, who if his team wins the IPL, will be the biggest contender.
“Pant is a serious contender, but KL cannot be ruled out as well, as he is an IPL captain. The dark horse will be Jasprit bumrah. ”