Virat Kohli’s difficulties with the BCCI appear to be far from over, especially after a report by IANS revealed that a senior Indian team member complained to BCCI honchos about the Indian captain’s poor attitude during the recent tour of England.
Kohli’s captaincy has sparked a lot of debate among cricket fans across the country. Many were surprised when Kohli announced that he would step down as India’s T20I captain after the T20 World Cup in 2021, citing workload concerns. However, inside sources claim that the BCCI had been planning to remove Kohli from the captaincy because of his failure to win a single ICC trophy during his tenure.
If sources are to be believed, the uprising against Kohli began a few months ago within the team. Several senior players in the dressing room have expressed their displeasure with the ace cricketer’s behaviour.
According to IANS, Ravichandran Ashwin was the senior player who complained to the BCCI about Virat Kohli’s captaincy.
Virat Kohli has been battling with his form for the past two years, having gone over 50 innings without scoring a century in international cricket (ODIs, T20Is, and Tests). His most recent century came in a day-night Test against Bangladesh in Kolkata in November 2019.
According to sources from IANS, a senior player had complained to the BCCI secretary about Kohli making him feel “insecure.” During the World Test Championship final versus New Zealand in Southampton, UK, Kohli reportedly accused the senior cricketer of displaying ‘no intent.
According to rumours, this player was off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who also played in the World Test Championship final, but nothing has been proven as of yet. According to the article, Kohli’s decision to keep Ashwin on the bench throughout the England Test series, despite expert advice to play the Tamil Nadu tweaker, is a hint of something.
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Ravi Shastri, the team’s chief coach, had mentioned playing Ashwin before the fourth Test. Kohl appears to have disregarded this advise.