Kapil Dev takes dig at Kohli’s decision to step down from T20Is captaincy, says ‘Strange That Cricketers Decide Themselves What to do and What not’

Virat Kohli’s immediate decision to step down from T20I captaincy after the T20 World Cup has seen mixed response from the cricket fraternity. While some acceded to Kohli’s reason of workload management, others have some different opinions. Former Indian skipper Kapil Dev is surprised by Kohli’s decision. Further, the legendary player finds it strange how such big decisions are left so much on cricketers’ discretion.

“I never thought of anything like this. But these days, I find it strange that cricketers decide themselves what to do and what not. I think selectors too should have a say on this. And I feel the cricketers should take to the selectors and the board before they take such a big decision. I think it’s very important. There was no need to announce it so early. He is a brilliant player. Even if a season went bad, it doesn’t change that he is a great cricketer and a great captain,” Kapil told ABP news.

‘You have served the country so well,’ Kapil Dev hails Virat Kohli

With the statements, Kapil Dev found Kohli’s decision a little hard to digest. The former Indian cricketer, however, lauded Kohli for all his contributions to Indian cricket and wished him luck for his career ahead.

“If he has taken this decision and spoken to the selectors, it’s ok. That’s his personal decision. I can’t really say anything. Cricketers these days make their own decisions. Just want to say ‘Well done. You have served the country so well. I wish you luck for the rest of your career’,” Kapil added.

Further, Kapil believes that such big announcements shouldn’t just be made via microblogging websites and Tweets. However, he was appreciative of Kohli’s honesty in this regard as the latter upfrontly acknowledged his will not to captain the team in a particular format.

“I think we should respect the honesty. He said he doesn’t want to captain in a format, which is a big thing. Dhoni did this. The only thing I find strange that these announcements are made through tweets. This I can’t understand. Cricketers these days can say that I don’t want to play beyond a certain point, or play only the IPL or only T20. They have the courage to say these things, so hats off to them,” Kapil, India’s first Cricket World Cup-winning captain, said.

Kohli is the world’s third most successful captain. He led India to 27 wins from 45 matches. He has a win percentage of 65.11.