Virat Kohli
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Virat Kohli quits Test captaincy

This letter refers to the captaincy relinquishment of the Indian Test Captain Virat Kohli, which is not a total surprise (“Why did Virat Kohli quit as India Test captain?”, Gulf News, January 16). After the recent ego clash between the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Kohli, about the T20 and One Day International captaincies, it was inevitable that Kohli would step down from Test captaincy too. But, Indian cricket fans never thought he would do so after losing the series, which he should have won hands down.

Probably the statement of the Chief Selector, which clarified that he and the Board Members did request Kohli to continue with the captaincy of T20, had exposed his lies about the BCCI President not requesting him to continue. It was pretty evident during his performance during the Test series in South Africa. No doubt, statistics prove that Kohli is one of India’s best captains and that he was one of the dominating batsmen in the world. But, if he has no faith in himself and relinquishes his post, no one could have help. Anyway, no one is indispensable in this world. Only performances lift or drop a person, whether in sports, the workplace, or politics. Now that the Kohli era has ended, it is time for the BCCI selectors to look for a suitable player to lead the team in Tests. Rohit Sharma could be given the Test captaincy and KL Rahul the ODI and T20 captaincy. Later on, KL Rahul could take over Rohit Sharma and Pant, or Shreyas Iyer could lead in shorter versions.

From Mr N Mahadevan

Tamil Nadu, India

Cricket: Virat Kohli steps down

The news about Virat Kohli quitting India’s cricketing captaincy comes as a great shock for me (“India selectors always wanted Virat Kohli to quit", Gulf News, January 16). He is one of the best cricketers globally, a brilliant batsman and strategist. Under his leadership, India has won many matches and tournaments at home and abroad. He is an asset to the Indian team. He is a role model for cricketers worldwide and even youngsters aspiring for a cricketing or sports career. However, India lost the test series to South Africa recently. So, what? There is no point in being over-critical of Kohli for this loss. After all, there is an element of chance in every game. Virat Kohli has won many matches for India. He should not get upset at some caustic comments on losing a game. All of us go through tough times in life. However, we need to hang on during tough times and show grit. He has contributed a lot to cricket and India. He should remain focused and become a bit more thick-skinned. Kohli has 180 million followers on Instagram, even more than the Indian Prime Minister Modi, at about 65 million. Kohli should also be more practical. He is one of the highest-paid advertising sports personalities globally for his various product endorsements. Kohli’s marketing value could take a beating if he is not the captain of the Indian team. I hope that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the cricket authorities will persuade Virat to withdraw his resignation and continue captaining the Indian team.

From Mr Rajendra Aneja


The therapeutic power of mundane stories

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From Ms Hanaa Zakawat Husain


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