As Virat Kohli bid adieu to Test captaincy last week after the bitter 2-1 loss to South Africa in the series, Shoaib Akhtar came up with his opinion and felt that Kohli was forced to step down from the post.
The Ex-Pakistan pacer, popularly known as “The Rawalpindi Express” is currently playing in the Legends League Cricket tournament which is a source of childhood nostalgia for many.
Giving an interview to ANI he said,
Virat didn’t leave captaincy but was forced to do so. This is not the best of times for him but he needs to prove what he is made of. Is he made of steel or iron? He is great guy and a cricketer. Do not try too many things, just go out there and play cricket. He is a great batsman and has achieved more than anyone else in the world. He just needs to go out there and play with his natural flow.
He further added that since Kohli has a distinct style of batting, he felt that his type of batters usually face the most problems after their touch is gone.
He plays a lot with his bottom hand and I think when the form is out, bottom hand players usually are the first ones to get in trouble. I think he’s gonna come out of this. He should move forward from this and not keep any bitterness against anyone. Just forgive everybody and keep moving.
He also opined that BCCI would surely find a good Test captain.
I know BCCI will make a smart decision regarding this.
As the schedule for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup was announced on Friday, it was revealed that India and Pakistan will clash with each other on October 23 at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The dates for this year’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup are from October 16-November 13 and will be played solely in Australia in seven venues- Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Geelong, Hobart, and Perth.
Said Akhtar in the interview,
We will beat India again in Melbourne. Pakistan is a better side than India in T20 cricket. It’s the Indian media that make unnecessary pressure on their team whenever we have the clash both countries in cricket, it’s normal for India to lose.
Let’s hope India can put on a renewed of their dismal performance in last year’s T20 World Cup and once again beat Pakistan in their first match of the tournament.
Last year, Kohli stepped down from the T20I captaincy for India and was subsequently removed as ODI captain by the BCCI because the board wanted one captain in white-ball format.
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