Virat Kohli’s decision to give up the captainship of the smallest format of the game came as a shot to everyone. Kohli was indeed struggling with form, but giving up the position as the captain was not the right decision to be taken, believed many players. Above that, some experts have also voiced their concern over the player announcing his retirement even before the tournament got over.
Former Indian player Maninder Singh and English player Monty Panesar believe that Kohli should not have announced the retirement a month before the tournament was due to begin. Panesar, who has been vocal about this, told TOI in an interview that Kohli’s decision has affected the player’s performance. According to Panesar, “Rohit, Rishabh, and KL must be thinking of themselves as the next T20I captain. They won’t be any focus on the game then. Virat Shouldn’t have announced this because there are too many leaders in this team.” He further added that Kohli should have played the tournament and at the end of it announced his retirement.
This has become a whole new issue, because of the horrendous show the Indian Cricket team has put up in this year’s World Cup. They came into this tournament as the title favorites, but their performance just got bad to worse in the first two matches they played against Pakistan and New Zealand. They won by a big margin in the third match against Afghanistan but it might not be enough to see them through to the semifinal stage. Their fate rather lies in the hands of other teams now to defeat New Zealand, because if the Kiwis win all their remaining matches, they will be through to the next round. Even if they lose one match, the Indian team will require to have a superior Net Run Rate.