Virat Kohli surprised cricket fans at the press conference after the match against Pakistan. Kohli was disappointed and pointed out that no one except MH Dhoni sent him a message after he gave up the Test captaincy. "I can say one thing that when I announced my resignation from Test captaincy, I got message from only one person with whom I player earlier, that is MS Dhoni.
Many people have my number...many people give suggestions on TV...but the people who had my number, nobody messaged. The respect, the connection that you have with somebody, when that is genuine, it shows this way," Kohli said.
Sunil Gavaskar, the former captain of India commented on such statements. Gavaskar feels that Kohli could have been more specific in his statement. "I don't know what the dressing room inside-situation was with all these other players.
Ideally, if he has named one person who got in touch, then maybe the other persons who didn't get in touch should have also been named. That would have been a little bit fair to everybody concerned, rather than thinking that everybody else didn't get in touch with him," Gavaskar said talking on India Today.
Gavaskar: "What message did he want?"
Gavaskar feels that there was no need for any message as he has completed a chapter in his career. "What message did he want?" he gives a question. "Encouragement? But then he is done with captaincy, so why would he need encouragement? That chapter (captaincy) is already closed." Kohli now has a new chapter in his career.
His quality is unquestionable. "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," he said.