India last played the WTC Final under the captaincy of Virat Kohli.Image Credit source: AFP
New Delhi: Virat Kohli returned as captain in the IPL 2023 season after more than a year. As the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kohli took command of the team in three consecutive matches. It brought back old memories of Kohli’s fans. Not only the fans, but former Indian coach Ravi Shastri is also happy to see him in this form. Shastri wants to see Kohli captaining Team India again.
Till about a year and a half ago, only Virat Kohli and Shastri were handling the command of the Indian team. Then after the T20 World Cup 2021, Shastri parted ways from the team, while one by one Kohli left the captaincy in all three formats. However, before being separated from the team, the Indian team under the leadership of Kohli and Shastri had taken a 2-1 lead in the Test series against England.
‘Kohli should have captained’
The last match of the series was played in Birmingham last year and Shastri wanted Kohli to captain it as well. In an ESPN-Cricinfo interview, Shastri mentioned that test and told his mind that Virat Kohli should have been given the captaincy when Rohit Sharma was ruled out of that test.
Jasprit Bumrah took command of the team in that test in Birmingham and England won that test and equalized 2-2 in the series. The former Indian coach said that if he had been the coach, he would have made this proposal to Kohli. Although Shastri admitted that he did not know whether Rahul Dravid did this or not.
‘Kohli should captain in WTC final, if…’
There was a lot of controversy in December 2021 and January 2022 regarding Kohli’s removal from the captaincy. He was removed from the ODI captaincy just before the tour of South Africa, while after the defeat in the Test series, he himself gave up the captaincy of the last format.
Coach Shastri, who led the Indian team to Test series wins twice in Australia during his tenure, said that if a situation arises again where a crucial match is at stake and Rohit Sharma is not available, he would choose Virat Kohli as the captain. Would like to see He said that it is necessary for Rohit Sharma to remain fit but if such a situation arises that he is not fit for the WTC Final, then Kohli should be given the captaincy.
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