Kapil Dev advices Virat Kohli to give up on his “ego”

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Former India captain and legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev has suggested to Virat Kohli to give up on his ego and play under a young leader.

The ex-Indian cricketer also welcomed Virat’s decision to step down as the captain of the Test team after the 33-year-old decided to step down from the role after serving India for 7 long years since 2014.

“I welcome Virat’s decision to quit the Test captaincy. He was going through a rough time ever since he gave up the T20 captaincy. He has looked tense in recent times, appeared to be under a lot of pressure. So giving up the captaincy was an option in order to play freely. He opted for that,” Kapil Dev told Mid-Day while sharing his views on Virat Kohli’s decision.

“He is a mature man. I am sure he must have thought hard before taking this important decision. Maybe, he wasn’t enjoying the captaincy. We have to support him and wish him luck,” he added.

The World Cup winning skipper also mentioned that it is now important for Kohli to give up his ego and play under a youngster just like he did during his playing days.

“Even Sunil Gavaskar played under me. I played under K Srikkanth and (Mohammad) Azharuddin. I had no ego,” Kapil was quoted as saying to the Mid-Day newspaper, referring to other greats of the era.

“Virat will have to give up his ego and play under a young cricketer. This will help him and Indian cricket. Virat should guide the new captain, new players. We cannot lose Virat, the batsman… no way.”

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is likely to name the new Test captain soon and Rohit Sharma seems to be the man for the job after taking over in the limited overs cricket.

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