Virat Kohli led India’s T20 team for the last time against Namibia in the last Super 12 game of the tournament. Former Pakistani cricketer Mushtaq Ahmed believes that the Delhi boy will now retire from T20 internationals as well.
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Former Pakistani test leg spinner Mushtaq Ahmed says that Kohli stepping down as the captain of the T20 squad itself indicates that ‘all is not well’ in the Indian dressing room. Before the start of the 2nd leg of the IPL, Kohli also made an announcement of leaving the duties as a captain of RCB from the next season.
“When a successful captain says he wants to leave the captaincy, it means all is not well in the dressing room. I see two groups in the Indian dressing room right now…the Mumbai and Delhi groups,” Mushtaq, who is presently working at the PCB’s high-performance centre, said.
Kohli led team India for the last time in T20Is against Namibia as his side convincingly won by 9 wickets.
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“I think Kohli will soon retire from playing T20 internationals for his country although he will continue in the Indian Premier League. I think he has had his fill of this format,” Mushtaq said on Geo News channel.
Team India for the first time in 22 years failed to clear the group stage of an ICC event.
“I think India flopped in the World Cup because of the IPL,” said the 51-year-old, who has worked as spin consultant with England and other teams including erstwhile Delhi Daredevils in the past.
“I think their players after remaining for so long in a bio secure bubble before the World Cup were jaded and tired.”
Former Pakistani skipper Inzamam Ul Haq also agreed with Bharat Arun and Jasprit Bumrah that India were tired and mentally fatigued after the long IPL event in UAE. He added that living in the bio-secure bubble for six months is never easy.
“I agree with what Ravi Shastri has said that the Indian players were just not mentally prepared for the World Cup. They were tired after the IPL and jaded and this could be seen in their early round matches,” Inzamam said.
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