Gavaskar questions Kohli's captaincy, calls selectors 'puppets'
The cricket legend also questioned the guts of the selection committee, and said that every time Kohli gets the team of his choice.
India cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar has raised questions about Virat Kohli being the captain, despite losing the World Cup.
In the semi-finals of the World Cup, India lost to New Zealand, which the former cricketer described as a big failure. Gavaskar says that the issue of the captain's accountability should have been raised; at the least, his captaincy should have been reviewed.
Gavaskar believes that there should be an official meeting before Virat Kohli could be retained as captain. In the Mid-Day newspaper, Gavaskar wrote, "If the selectors have made the selection for the West Indies tour without any meeting, then the question arises, is Virat Kohli the captain of the team at his pleasure or the pleasure of the selection committee?"
Gavaskar said, "According to my knowledge, Virat Kohli was named captain for the World Cup only. After that, the selectors had to call a meeting before retaining him as captain again."
The selectors have appointed Virat Kohli as captain in the three formats for the West Indies tour. The tour will start from August 3.
Gavaskar also questioned the selection committee, and said that every time Kohli gets the team of his choice.
Gavaskar wrote, "People sitting in the selection committee are puppets. After making Kohli the captain again, he was called to voice his thoughts in the meeting. The message sent out is that the players like Dinesh Karthik and Kedar Jadhav were excluded due to poor performance but the captain gets off scot free, though the team could not even reach the finals."
Sanjay Manjrekar tweeted, reacting to Sunil Gavaskar's opinion, "I disagree with the opinion of Gavaskar Sir that selectors who kept Virat Kohli as the captain; no, Team India did not perform badly in the World Cup. India won seven matches, two losses. The last match was quite close ..."
[Autotranslated from Hindi]