Virat Kohli’s captaincy has been under the scanner ever since India’s loss to New Zealand in World Cup semi-finals. There were reports that the team was split in two where Rohit Sharma headed one part and was not happy with the decisions made by the captain and coach and the other part was headed by Virat Kohli. After losing the semi-finals, Rohit Sharma’s group also was vocal of removing Virat Kohli from captaincy, who has not won any ICC tournament so far.
Meanwhile, former India great- Sunil Gavaskar has questioned the MSK Prasad led selection committee for favouring the members preferred by Virat Kohli. He went onto say that the skipper is invited to the selection meetings and the message which goes out is that the captain select players like Kedar Jadhav and Dinesh Karthik despite failed performance.
Gavaskar questions Kohli’s captaincy
The 70-year-old further questioned the committee to continue with Virat Kohli as the skipper despite World Cup debacle.
“That they selected the team for West Indies without first having a meeting to select the captain brings up the question of whether Virat Kohli is the captain of the team at his or the selection committee’s pleasure. To the best of our knowledge his (Kohli’s) appointment was till the World Cup. After that, it was incumbent on the selectors to meet even if it was for five minutes for his reappointment,” Gavaskar wrote in Mid-Day.
The veteran of 125 test matches finally questioned the merit of the selection committee who are dominated by the team management. The selection committee is headed by MSK Prasad and is accompanied by Sarandeep Singh, Devang Gandhi, Jatin Paranjape and Gagan Khoda. The total test experience of the five members is just 13 tests with Paranjape and Khoda only playing ODI cricket for India.