India skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday looked in no mood to entertain any questions that deviated from the big match between India and Pakistan on Sunday. Kohli, who had earlier announced to step down from the captaincy role for the shortest format after the showpiece event in the UAE, was once again asked to shed light on the reasons behind it. However, the 32-year-old said that he is not ready to add fuel to fire and has already explained himself a lot. Virat Kohli led side will begin its T20 WC campaign tomorrow in Dubai against arch-rivals Pakistan.
Attending a pre-match Press Conference, Virat Kohli looked visibly irritated with the constant debate on the rationale behind his decision to quit T20I captaincy.
“I have already explained myself a lot and I don’t think I need to harp on that anymore,” Virat Kohli said when asked about the reason to announce quitting captaincy just before the tournament.
“Our focus is to play well in this World Cup and do what we need to do as a team. Rest people are trying to dig up things that don’t exist and I am not someone who is ever going to give fodder to that,” a visibly irritated Kohli said.
“I have explained myself very honestly and openly and if people feel there’s more to it that what I have already told, I feel pretty bad for them. That’s certainly not the case, “ he further added.
Meanwhile, on being asked about the plans for the sixth bowling option for India against Pakistan as well as in a tournament, India skipper said that they have already made a plan for it.
“Well, I honestly feel that Hardik Pandya presently with his physical condition is getting better in terms of being prepared to bowl at least two overs for us at a certain stage in this tournament and we strongly believe we can make the most of the opportunity we have at our hand till the time he starts bowling. We have considered a couple of other options to chip in with overs so we are not bothered about that all,” Virat Kohli said at the pre-match press conference on Saturday.
The Men in Blue will be eying to extend their unbeaten run against Pakistan in the WC when both teams will square off in Dubai tomorrow evening.