FORMER chairman of the selection committee, MSK Prasad, said the Indian captain Virat Kohli didn’t quit T20 captaincy because of pressure. Kohli called its quits from T20 leadership because it was taking a toll on his performance.
However, MSK is of the opinion that Kohli could have waited and announced it after the World T20. “Considering the circumstances under which Virat quit captaincy, he could have waited a little more. Maybe, after the World Cup would have been a better decision,” MSK told India Ahead during a Facebook Live chat on Friday.
“Playing for a long time has taken a toll on his mind and body. He drives passion on his sleeves. He has reached Demi-God status and has set high standards. Let’s accept this decision. There are so many emotions that have gone into this,” he said.
When asked about Virat Kohli’s ODI captaincy, MSK said that he has now thrown a challenge to the Indian selectors by quitting the T20 captaincy. “Virat has thrown a challenge to the selectors. What call the selectors will take from here is interesting,” he said while adding that Test cricket has survived because of a character like Kohli.
MSK Prasad also complimented Ravi Shastri’s coaching staff and said that if there is a change of guard, Rahul Dravid would be the top choice, and if MS Dhoni can come as a mentor once in a while, it would be the perfect icing on the cake. “Just because the team hasn’t won an ICC event, it doesn’t make Shastri and company bad. If the question comes about the next coach, who else could be better than Dravid?” MSK said.
According to MSK, BCCI has also done a great job by convincing Dhoni to mentor the team. “When it comes to the country, MS puts his hand on his heart and does that to perfection. Maybe for major series, MS could be roped as a mentor. Dravid and MS — two cool customers leading team management, what more can you expect,” MSK said.
Before signing off, MSK also complimented the selectors for picking R Ashwin in the World T20 team. “The selectors groomed Washington Sunder till he got injured. They did a great job by roping in Ashwin. The best off-spinner, Ashwin, missed out on the 2019 World Cup was in England, and the selectors felt that wrist spinners could do well there. That time, both Kuldeep and Chapel took 70 per cent of the wickets before the 2019 World Cup,” MSK added.