Virat Kohli faces mutiny in the ranks; R Ashwin leads the revolt?

11:03 PM Sep 26, 2021 | IANS

New Delhi: For quite some time Virat Kohli's captaincy has been the subject of much speculation among cricket fans across the country. He may have shut out the rumours after announcing his resignation as India’s T20 captain, citing wok burden. But now it seems there's more to his resignation than Virat would have us believe.

Since the tour of England, the buzz was that Virat would be removed from white ball captaincy. It was also a matter of discussion whether the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was 'unhappy' with the skipper. But when the IANS spoke to BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal, he scotched the gossip. The very next day, the 32-year-old stylish batsman came forward and announced his decision to relinquish India's T20 captaincy.


The decision caused many eyebrows to be raised. Why just T20? Meanwhile, it was also being suggested that something was amiss between Virat and the BCCI!


Cricket experts also questioned the timing of his announcement. 'Why did Virat take such a decision just a month before the mega sporting spectacle?'

More queries, more mystery!

Did Virat come to know that the BCCI was thinking of removing him from the top post? Was the workload really a factor? Why did the poster boy of the team suddenly lose his aura of invincibility? If sources are to be believed, the revolt against Virat had started within the team a few months ago. It has come to light that several senior players in the dressing room were miffed at the attitude of the ace cricketer.

His lack of form didn't help the cause, especially because Kohli had not scored a century in the past several innings across format -- Test, ODI or T20s.

His failing form apparently had affected his decision-making, which has taken a toll on his relationship with the players. A senior player had complained to the BCCI secretary against Virat for making him feel insecure.

Virat had reportedly accused the senior cricketer of showing 'no intent' during the World Test Championship final against New Zealand in Southampton, UK.

If sources are to be believed, the name of R. Ashwin is now doing the rounds as one of the mutineers.

If one recalls how Ashwin was treated during the England series and Virat's insistence on not including him in the playing XI, despite the advice of experts, indicated something was brewing.

Even chief coach Ravi Shastri had talked about playing Ashwin before the fourth Test. Virat apparently ignored this advice.

Interestingly, another issue to come up was that Virat was not even consulted before the appointment of MS Dhoni as a mentor of the T20 side for the World Cup.

The inclusion of Ashwin in the T20 team also ignited fireworks between selectors and Virat. Sources said that Virat wanted young spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in the team instead of the veteran.

It is now being speculated that in the coming months, after the World T20, Virat could also be removed from the ODI captaincy too and Rohit Sharma may be brought in his place.

The performance of the team in the T20 World Cup will be critical. Fortune, it seems, is not favouring Virat!

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