Post India’s loss to NZ in the ICC World Cup 2019 semi-final, Virat Kohli’s captaincy became one of the most discussed topics on social media.
Ever Since India lost the Semi-Finals of World Cup 2019, Virat Kohli’s captaincy became one of the most discussed topics on social media. Whether Virat Kohli should continue as an Indian captain or a new captain should be appointed or India should follow the foot-steps of England cricket team and go for split captaincy, there were numerous opinions on the topic.
Former Indian skipper, Sunil Gavaskar, and Indian commentator Sanjay Manjrekar are the latest ones to join in the debate.
Recently, in a column for Mid-day, former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar expressed his opinion on Virat’s captaincy. He wrote:
“That they selected the team for West Indies without first having a meeting to select the captain brings up the question of whether Virat Kohli is the captain of the team at his or the selection committee’s pleasure.”
He added, “To the best of our knowledge, his (Kohli’s) appointment was till the World Cup. After that, it was incumbent on the selectors to meet even if it was for five minutes for his reappointment.”
Sunil Gavaskar even went ahead and raised questions on Virat Kohli’s captaincy during the recently concluded World Cup campaign. He wrote:
“Speaking of lame ducks, the Indian selection committee appears to be one. After the reappointment, he (Captain) gets invited to the meeting for his views on selecting the players for the team. By bypassing the procedure, the message that goes out is that while the players like Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik get dropped after below expectation performance, the captain continues despite much below par expectations where the team did not even reach the finals.”
Famous Indian commentator and former cricketer, Sanjay Manjrekar has ‘respectfully disagreed’ with Gavaskar. The commentator who was recently in news for the remarks he made on Indian all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja has a different point of view over the captaincy of Virat Kohli.
Sanjay Manjrekar took to his twitter to explain his point of view. He wrote that the performance of the Indian cricket team wasn’t that bad as mentioned by Sunil Gavaskar, as India lost only 2 matches during the whole campaign including the narrow defeat in Semi-Final.
He wrote, “Respectfully disagree with Gavaskar Sir with his views on Indian selectors & Virat being retained as capt. No, Ind did not put in a ‘much below par WC performance’, they won 7 lost two. Last one very narrowly. And integrity a far more important quality as selector than stature.”
Check out his tweet:
Respectfully disagree with Gavaskar Sir with his views on Indian selectors & Virat being retained as capt. No, Ind did not put in a ‘much below par WC performance’, they won 7 lost two. Last one very narrowly. And integrity a far more important quality as selector than stature.
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 29, 2019