Ground Report | New Delhi: Differences in team India; Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli has been under intense pressure since losing two matches in a row in the T20 World Cup and it is almost certain that the favorite team will not be able to qualify for the semi-finals before the tournament.
On the one hand, there are reports of differences with the players of Kohli’s team, on the other hand, there is a lot of criticism on the decisions made by Kohli on the field. The reason for keeping the team’s most experienced sniper Ravi Chandra Ashwin out is speculated to be captain Kohli’s hand.
Former England player Nick Compton has claimed in a tweet that ‘How can Ashwin be allowed to be kept out of the Indian team due to his feud with Kohli? Do you think captains should have that kind of authority? (Differences in team India)
Ashwin is one of the most successful snipers in Indian history and has taken a total of 615 wickets in Tests, ODIs, and T20 Internationals. Ashwin was also left out of the recent Test series against England.
A Yahoo Sports report claims that the feud between Kohli and Ashwin began during the final of the Test Championship, after which Ashwin complained to the team management that Kohli had scolded him for not matching him. I did not perform well, India lost the match after a tough contest.
Virat Kohli has already announced that he will resign as T20 captain after the World Cup. Kohli had said that the reason for this was the workload on him due to captaincy in all three formats, but there were echoes in the Indian media that the Indian Cricket Board had asked him to relinquish the T20 captaincy.
Although the BCCI denied this, it was said that some senior players had complained about Kohli’s behavior, which led to the decision. The Indian team does not show the spirit for which she was famous. Indian observers have written that the players were spotted during the match against New Zealand, especially when batting, it is surprising that there is no boundary for 71 balls, although at the moment Hardik Pandya, known for his aggressive batting on the crease, and Rishbha Pant was also present at the crease.
Apart from this, Kohli’s team selection in the match against New Zealand is also being criticized. In particular, it is being said that removing senior player Rohit Sharma from the opening was a wrong decision, which deteriorated the team’s morale.
While Kohli dropped out of the post-match press conference, he later told a reporter on the field that his side needed to do what they do well. “There’s only one way to play T20 cricket, you have to be optimistic, you have to be positive, you have to take risks wisely and that’s what this format is all about,” Kohli said. (Differences in team India)
“Just because you are the Indian cricket team and have expectations doesn’t mean you start playing the format differently. “I think we have to break away from that a little bit and get back from there and be proud to perform for the team. As long as people want to do that, I think we’ll be fine. “There is a lot of cricket to play in this tournament and we all should look forward to it and of course the team should go ahead and go there with a positive mind.”