Kapil Dev

“Virat Kohli will have to Give Up His Ego to work under other Captains,” says Kapil Dev


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India Cricket legend Kapil Dev opens up on Virat Kohli’s post-captaincy era.

Virat Kohli’s move to step down from the role of India’s Test captain drew accolades from the cricket fraternity. It perhaps was a bittersweet end to Kohli’s captaincy sojourn, which saw the Test contingent scale new heights in home and away conditions.

Kapil Dev, who was former India coach as well, believes that Kohli giving up captaincy might benefit his batting and help 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 Dev told Mid-Day.

Kapil also went on to cite his own example when Sunil Gavaskar played under the former. “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,” Kapil added.

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