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Kapil Dev Explains Why Stepping Down as India’s Test Captain Was The Right Call From Virat Kohli

Kapil believes this situation will allow Kohli to play more freely. 

Updated: January 17, 2022 7:54 AM IST

By Sports Desk | Edited by Ankit Banerjee

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Kapil Dev on Virat Kohli

New Delhi: A couple of days after Virat Kohli dropped the bomb of resigning as the Test captain of the side after India lost the series against South Africa. Heartwarming and congratulatory wishes have been pouring in from all quarters.

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While some believe this may be a difficult phase for Kohli, ex-India World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev has stated his opinion. As per Kapil, Kohli did not look his best recently and this call could actually benefit him. Kapil believes this situation will allow him to play more freely.

“I welcome Virat’s decision to quit the Test captaincy. He was going through a rough time ever since he gave up the T20 captaincy. He has looked tense in recent times, appeared to be under a lot of pressure. So giving up the captaincy was an option in order to play freely. He opted for that,” Kapil told Mid-Day.

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Kapil also suspected that Kohli, who is a mature man, may not have been enjoying captaincy. He added: “He is a mature man. I am sure he must have thought hard before taking this important decision. Maybe, he wasn’t enjoying the captaincy. We have to support him and wish him luck,” he added.

Kapil also went on to cite his own example when Sunil Gavaskar played under the former. Suggesting Kohli to give up his ego, Kapil reckoned that would help him.

“Even Sunil Gavaskar played under me. I played under K Srikkanth and Azharuddin. I had no ego. Virat will have to give up his ego and play under a young cricketer. This will help him and Indian cricket. Virat should guide the new captain, new players. We cannot lose Virat, the batsman…no way,” concluded Kapil.

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Published Date: January 17, 2022 7:51 AM IST

Updated Date: January 17, 2022 7:54 AM IST