If he quits the Test captaincy, why would he need encouragement – MS Dhoni blasts on Kohli

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Sunil Gavaskar has now said that the 'other persons' who did not get in touch with Kohli should have been 'named'

Virat Kohli said except MS Dhoni nobody got in touch with him after he quit Test captaincy last year while former Indian cricket team skipper Sunil Gavaskar has now said that the ‘other persons’ who did not get in touch with Kohli should have been ‘named’.

The Asia Cup super 4 clash between Pakistan and India was played on Sunday. Babar Azam-drove side came out on top as they registered a five-wicket victory after chasing down a total of 182. 

The clash will be a memorable one as the cricket fans got to see Virat Kohli, back again in his rare form with a knock of 60 runs off 44 balls. The right-handed player set up an incredible show against Pakistan and grabbed everybody’s eye. 

It was a frustrating day for the Indian side, as their top players Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, and Hardik Pandya couldn’t get large scores. After the game, Virat Kohli held a very emotional press conference. 

The former Indian cricket team captain said except for MS Dhoni nobody got in touch with him after he quit Test captaincy last 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.

Former Indian cricket team skipper Sunil Gavaskar has now said that the ‘other persons’ who did not get in touch with Kohli should have been ‘named’.

“I don’t know what the dressing room inside situation was with all these other players. Ideally, if he has named one person who got in touch, then maybe the other persons who didn’t get in touch should have also been named. That would have been a little bit fair to everybody concerned, rather than thinking that everybody else didn’t get in touch with him,”

Gavaskar said in a discussion on India Today.

Gavaskar added:

“What message did he want?”

he questioned.

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

“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 said.

He remembered to specify that when he quit captaincy in 1985 in the wake of winning the Benson and Hedges World Championship of Cricket in Australia, there were no exceptional messages or calls for him. 

“Now I left captaincy in 1985 after (B&H) World Championship of Cricket. That night we celebrated, and hugged each other but beyond that what else do you expect ?”

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