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Virat Kohli leaves T20I captaincy means ‘Everything is not right’ in Team India locker room: Former Pakistani cricketer Mushtaq Ahmed


Virat Kohli‘s decision to resign from the T20 captaincy indicates that “everything is not right” in the Indian dressing room, said former Pakistani test bite spinner Mushtaq Ahmed, who blames bio-bubble fatigue for the country’s early exit from the ongoing World Cup. Kohli announced that he was leading the Royal Challengers Bangalore for the last time when the IPL was held before the World Cup in the UAE and also confirmed that the ICC event will be his last outing as captain in the T20 format.

“When a successful captain says he wants to leave the captaincy, it means that everything is not right in the locker room. I see two groups in the Indian locker room at the moment … the Mumbai and Delhi groups,” Mushtaq, who currently working at the PCB’s high performance center, said.

Kohli led the Indian team to T20s for the last time during their last match of the World Cup against Namibia on Monday and Mushtaq said he expects to retire from T20 matches soon.

“I think Kohli will retire soon to play T20 matches for his country, although he will continue in the Indian Premier League. I think he has had his fill of this format,” Mushtaq told the Geo News channel.

India, for the first time since 2012, failed to qualify for the semi-finals of any ICC event, which caused great disappointment to Indian cricket fans and critics.

“I think India flopped in the World Cup because of the IPL,” said the 51-year-old, who in the past worked as a spin consultant with England and other teams, including the then Delhi Daredevils.

“I think their players were tired and weary after staying in a bio-safe bubble for so long before the World Cup.”

Pakistan’s former captain and top batsman Inzamam-ul-Haq also agreed that the Indian team was exhausted and mentally tired after the long IPL meeting in the UAE.

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He said players are people and staying in a bio-safe environment for so long has never been easy.

“I agree with what Ravi Shastri said that the Indian players just were not mentally prepared for the World Cup. They were tired after the IPL and tired and that could be seen in their early round matches,” Inzamam said.

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