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29 Nov 2020
Former India bowler Ashish Nehra believes that if Indian captain Virat Kohli would have won the Indian Premier League as captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, then all the talk regarding the change in the captaincy of the Indian team would have been shunned.
Speaking on a cricket website’s talk show, Nehra, in a reply to a viewer’s question whether Indian should ask Virat Kohli to leave captaincy and focus on his batting, said, “All the time people come up with Rohit Sharma’s name as an alternative. I say, had RCB won the last two IPLs instead of Mumbai Indians, would people have still wanted a captaincy change, the answer is simple, and it’s a ‘no’.”
The Delhi cricketer, who represented India in a total of 164 international games and took 235 wickets, further said, “Even if BCCI or selectors want to make Rohit Sharma the captain, then they should do it till 2023 World Cup. It can’t happen that you make Roghit the T20 captain and then ask Virat to captain the ODI and Tests team.”
With India losing the last game against Australia in Sydney, it was the team’s fifth consecutive ODI loss and the second consecutive series loss after England. It is this very reason that has cropped up the captaincy talk once again.
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