Former Indian cricketer and national coach Sandeep Patil has welcomed Virat Kohli’s decision to step down from the T20I captaincy. The 32-year-old Kohli put an end to all speculation about his future as captain in white ball cricket by announcing his decision to step down from the leadership in the shorter format after the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Speaking to the Times of India, Patil considered that captaining the country in all formats for so long can take its toll on an individual. He believes the decision will help Virat Kohli focus more on his hitting.
“I welcome the Virat pass. The captaincy plays in your mind. Captaining the side and concentrating on your hitting at the same time is not an easy job, especially since there is a lot of cricket these days. This step will help you 100% focus. more on “his batting.”
Kohli has led India in 45 Q20I, winning 27 and losing 14. He is the only Asian skipper to record bilateral series wins in England, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. Beneath him, India lost only one bilateral T20I rubber [in which more than one match was played] and the former world champions have not lost a T20I series since February 2019 when they lost to Australia 0-2 at home.
The Indian skipper cited the immense workload as the reason behind his decision to leave the leadership role in T20 cricket.
“Rohit Sharma is a good choice to replace Virat Kohli as captain of India T20” – Sandeep Patil
The 1983 World Cup winner also alluded to a possible communication gap between BCCI and Skipper Kohli.
Patil cited statements from Secretary Jay Shah and Treasurer Arun Dhumal earlier this week, when both officials dismissed media reports of rumors claiming Virat Kohli could resign from the T20I captaincy.
“There seems to be a huge communication gap between BCCI and Virat. You can’t make Virat say one thing and BCCI another. Just a couple of days ago, there was a story on TOI about his resignation as the white ball captain. to focus on his hitting. However, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal quickly dismissed that news. This is purely a Virat decision, and the BCCI should accept it. “
The former hard hitter also backed up potential Virat Kohli replacement Rohit Sharma to do a great job as captain of India’s T20.
“Rohit (Sharma) has done a great job leading the Mumbai Indians. I feel like he is a good choice to replace Virat as the captain of India T20. Rohit has proven his worth,” he said.
While the BCCI has yet to formally announce the replacement of Virat Kohli, it seems certain that Sharma will succeed his compatriot after the T20 World Cup.