New Delhi: Indian skipper Virat Kohli will step down as the captain of the shortest format after the ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE after which he will have to play with a new captain and a new coach but his childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma feels that the star batsman has to adapt to the new conditions. There will be no problem in reconciling.
Kohli has been the captain in all three formats for a long time and is regarded as India’s most successful captain. He had already announced before the T20 World Cup that he would step down as the captain of the shortest format after this tournament.
After the T20 World Cup, Rahul Dravid will replace Ravi Shastri as the head coach of the team while Rohit Sharma or KL Rahul are the frontrunners in the race for limited overs captaincy. Sharma said that there will be no impact on Kohli’s game after the change of captain and coach.
Sharma told ‘Bhasha’, “He (Kohli) should not have any kind of problem. Dravid is handling the responsibility of the coach and under his captaincy, he has played a lot of matches for RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore). Kohli has a very good rapport with him. He has great respect for Dravid. There can be no better coach for the Indian team than Dravid.
He said, “As far as the captain is concerned, the selectors have not yet decided whether to make Rohit Sharma the captain of T20 or KL Rahul.”
Delhi Ranji team head coach Sharma said that Kohli decided to step down from the T20 captaincy to manage the workload.
He said, “Then in two formats (Test and ODI) he is the captain. All the players respect him and it is his own decision. He has given up the captaincy of this format to manage his workload. He never had such arrogance. He is mentally fully prepared for the new situations.
Sharma also said that the team’s performance in the T20 World Cup was not up to the mark and after that some new faces may get a place in the team.
He said, “The way we have lost to Pakistan and New Zealand, it was not expected at all. India had entered the tournament as a strong contender for the title but the performance has not been good and that is a matter of concern. We didn’t play as a solid batting unit and the bowling was not good either.
Sharma said, “I think there will be some changes in the team now and that is also natural. Like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami are not performing well in T20 format then Indian selectors can give chance to new bowlers who are good for T20. Shami is a great bowler in Test matches but he may not have been as successful in T20s.
The Dronacharya award-winning coach said players like Ruturaj Gaikwad and Venkatesh Iyer could make it to the team. “Ruturaj is a brilliant batsman. Mohammad Siraj has done well. Navdeep Saini, our fast bowler from Delhi, has also done well. Venkatesh Iyer is the opening batsman for KKR (Kolkata Knight Riders). He can be a good substitute for the all-rounder. Yuzvendra Chahal has done well and he too can make a comeback.
It is worth noting that when Virat Kohli was the captain and Anil Kumble was the coach, there was no harmony between the two, after which the coach thought it better to resign.
After the arrival of Rahul Dravid, there is a heated discussion in the corridors of cricket that Virat may have to face the same problem or even more problems from Rahul Dravid. Virat will now be a batsman in T20 but the captain is still the same in Test and ODI.