At this time, he should not have given such comments – Madan Lal on Virat Kohli’s statement

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Sunil Gavaskar said Once captaincy is over, it's time to focus on your own game

Earlier, former India skipper Virat Kohli held an emotional press conference, where he revealed that it was just MS Dhoni who texted him when he left the Test captaincy in January this year.

Earlier, former India skipper Virat Kohli held an emotional press conference, where he revealed that it was just MS Dhoni who texted him when he left the Test captaincy in January this year. 

“I can say one thing when I announced my resignation from Test captaincy, I got a message from only one person with whom I played earlier, that is MS Dhoni. Many people have my number…many people give suggestions on TV…but the people who had my number, nobody messaged. The respect, the connection that you have with somebody, when that is genuine, it shows this way,”

Kohli said.

“I don’t want anything from him and he does not want anything from me. I was never insecure about him and he was never of me. I can just say that if I want to say something to someone, I will reach out individually. Even if you want to help. You can talk 1-1, I see things with utmost honesty. It is not like I do not care, but you see the things how they are. God gives you everything, only God helps you achieve success and it is all in his hands,”

he said.

Former Indian cricket team captain Sunil Gavaskar gave a strong take on Kohli’s comments.

“What message did he want? Encouragement? But then he is done with captaincy, so why would he need encouragement? That chapter (captaincy) is already closed,”

Gavaskar said on Sports Tak.

He felt rather when one leaves captaincy; the best part is about being able to focus solely on one’s game.

“Now you are playing only as a cricketer. So focus on that role because when you are the captain, you think about and worry about your mates. Once captaincy is over, it’s time to focus on your own game,”

the legendary opener added.

Gavaskar’s long-time teammate and 1983 World Cup winner Madan Lal have now supported Gavaskar. 

“I agree with what Sunny Bhai said. At this time, he should not have given such comments. Because you are playing important matches. You are playing an important tournament for which you have to qualify for the final. It’s good that you are in form. But if you feel that people did not call you…sometimes when you are in trouble you have to approach people. He could have said the same thing one-two month back. You have to approach when you are in trouble. Egos should not clash here,”

Madan Lal said on Sports Tak.

After the last year’s T20 World Cup loss, Kohli chose to step down from T20I captaincy. Rohit Sharma was then given a captaincy in both the white-ball formats while Kohli also stepped down as Test captain after a series defeat against South Africa.

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