Reports: At least one senior cricketer spoke to Jay Shah about insecurity after Virat Kohli was critical of his ‘lack of intent’
A lot of reports are doing rounds ever since Virat Kohli announced that he will be stepping down from captaincy in T20Is after World Cup.
Updated - Sep 18, 2021 1:27 pm
Ever since Virat Kohli has announced that he will step down as India’s T20I captain after the upcoming T20 World Cup, several reports have began to surface. There have been a lot of reports of things not being very cozy inside the dressing room and if the recent reports are to believed, things escalated after India’s World Test Championship (WTC) final loss to New Zealand.
Virat Kohli spoke about ‘lack of intent’ while speaking to media after the match and it seems that didn’t go down well with at least one senior player in the team. Rather it is being reported that at least one senior cricketer in the side communicated to the BCCI secretary Jay Shah about the same.
The sources, while speaking to The Telegraph India, stated that several players are not happy with the captain’s attitude. “Kohli is losing control. He has lost respect and some of the players are not liking his attitude. He is no more an inspirational leader and he doesn’t earn the players’ respect. Some of them have reached their limits when it comes to dealing with him,” the sources said.
Don’t confuse me, Kohli said to one of the coaches
This is not the end of it. It is also learnt that Virat Kohli shot back at one of the coaches in the nets after he suggested a few things about his batting. His lack of form with the bat has also complicated the issue according to the sources.
“That Kohli failed to play a big innings has also complicated the issue. Recently, one of the coaches offered some suggestions at nets but the captain shot back saying ‘don’t confuse me’. He’s just failed to handle it and it’s showing in his aggressive behaviour,” the sources further added.
Kohli is currently in the UAE gearing up for the second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and will be keen on gaining some form with the bat ahead of the T20 World Cup which will be his last assignment as the T20I captain.