Virat Kohli should name player and share what message he was expecting after quitting captaincy, says Sunil Gavaskar
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said on Monday that Virat Kohli should identify the player from whom he was anticipating a call and make clear the type of message he was looking for after resigning as Test captain.
With the exception of former skipper MS Dhoni, Kohli claimed that none of the previous players called him during Sunday’s five-wicket loss to Pakistan in an Asia Cup encounter between the two nations. Kohli top scored with 60 in that game.
“One thing I can tell you is when I gave up Test captaincy, I got a message from only one person who I’ve played with before — MS Dhoni,” Kohli said after the match.
“A lot of people have my number and a lot of people give suggestions on TV, but among people who have my number, I didn’t get a message from anyone else,” he had said.
Gavaskar was very categorical when asked about Virat’s grievance.
“It’s very difficult to say as to whom Virat is referring to? If he would have taken any names, you can then go and ask that person, if you have contacted him or not. What I have heard is that he is talking about only MSD having called him after leaving Test captaincy,” Gavaskar told “Sports Tak”.
“If he is talking about former players, who have played with him, we know who all from that lot come on TV. He should name the player he is referring to. Ask them Kya Bhai aapne koi Message nahi kiya (Bro, you didn’t message me?)”
But what Gavaskar said next about what precisely Kohli was expecting showed his sharp wit and sarcasm.
“What message did he want?” he questioned. “Encouragement? But then he is done with captaincy, so why would he need encouragement? That chapter (captaincy) is already closed,” Gavaskar said.
He believed that being able to concentrate entirely on one’s game is the nicest aspect about leaving the captaincy.
“Now you are playing only as a cricketer. So focus on that role because when you are the captain, you think about and worry about your mates. Once captaincy is over, it’s time to focus on your own game,” the legendary opener said.
He made sure to add that there were no special calls or messages for him when he stepped down as captain in 1985 after winning the Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket in Australia.
“Now I left captaincy in 1985 after (B&H) World Championship of Cricket. That night we celebrated, hugged each other but beyond that what else do you expect ?”
Why bother about trolls, Gavaskar on Arshdeep
Gavaskar also spoke out against the overemphasis placed on anonymous trolls in the Arshdeep Singh case.
During the last seconds of the game, Arshdeep missed an easy catch of Asif Ali and was cruelly teased, having his Wikipedia page vandalised.
“No former cricketer has criticised Arshdeep. Who are these people who are critical of Arshdeep? Why do we need to give credence to them? How many of them can catch the ball that flies into the stands? Rarely anyone. So how does their comments matter,” he was sharp in his response.